chopping block


Definition of chopping block

1 : a wooden block on which material (such as meat, wood, or vegetables) is cut, split, or diced
2 : a situation in which someone or something is threatened with elimination government programs on the chopping block

Examples of chopping block in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With only six women left on the show, who will be the next person on the chopping block? Ineye Komonibo,, "Peter Weber Breaks Down How He Chooses His Ladies: “It’s A Numbers Game”," 6 Feb. 2020 If the holy trinity of Democratic welfare state programs are on the chopping block to appease higher earners who don’t care to pay taxes, what isn’t? Funding the Green New Deal or similarly aggressive climate change mitigation policy. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, "Democrats Should Embrace a Few Purity Tests," 21 Jan. 2020 The Colorado Rapids, Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City are on the chopping block in the Western Conference. Avi Creditor,, "MLS Playoffs Primer: Who's In, Who's Out, Scenarios in Play," 24 Sep. 2019 In the second quarter, Incognito was penalized for a chop block on a running play on 1st and 10 from the Bears’ 19-yard line. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ Incognito, Hurst fined for penalties against Bears," 12 Oct. 2019 Senior discounts during peak camping season may be on the chopping block under a controversial proposal submitted to the federal conservation agency that wants to privatize the nation's parks. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Senior discounts at national parks may be on the chopping block," 6 Nov. 2019 And perhaps the biggest question of all: Is the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on the chopping block? Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump is creating a task force to rewrite consumer laws. Want to join?," 18 Oct. 2019 After a Thursday vote by the Interagency Commission on School Construction, Carroll County is off the chopping block for a proposal that could have cut a significant percentage of the state’s share of school construction funding. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll schools avoid steep decline in state funding for construction," 14 Sep. 2019 The program is free because of a state government grant, one that could be on the chopping block in a recession. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "For the first time ever, most new working-age hires in the U.S. are people of color," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of chopping block

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Feb 2020

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“Chopping block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chopping block

US : a hard wooden block on which things (such as meat, wood, or vegetables) are chopped or cut

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