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 In a recent round of cuts affecting Sears stores nationwide, the Boyle Heights location was not on the chopping block. Los Angeles Times, "After almost a century, landmark Sears store in Boyle Heights will soon close," 3 Apr. 2021 What kept me going has been the idea that my 2021 spring tour of Europe will be happening, and now that looks like it’s on the chopping block. San Diego Union-Tribune, "My last gig: Singer-songwriter Gregory Page: ‘My livelihood has been taken away’," 14 Mar. 2021 And, after failing to secure the matching funds needed to finance their new Northeast Rice Research Center, the university put Pine Tree Research Station on the chopping block. James Brandenburg, Outdoor Life, "This Proposed Sale of Public Land in Arkansas Is All Too Common for Hunters Everywhere," 13 Mar. 2021 Kotek’s solution would rewrite state rules that dictate who’s on the chopping block if and when school districts face layoffs. oregonlive, "To retain teachers of color, an Oregon bill takes aim at schools’ ‘first in, last out’ layoff policies," 24 Feb. 2021 If the history of AHRQ is any indicator, periodic attempts by future Administrations or the legislative branch to put a health technology assessment entity on the chopping block may wind up undermining its continuity and therefore viability. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, "What Could Biden’s Possible Bid For A National Health Technology Assessment Entity Look Like?," 2 Mar. 2021 The regents decided to save men’s track from the chopping block, and voted to cut indoor track, gymnastics and tennis. oregonlive, "From a track perspective, Minnesota’s decision makes no sense. But that’s not the real problem: Oregon track & field rundown," 10 Oct. 2020 The deal was set to shrink, but Reyes talked to a Madigan ally to try to save it from the chopping block, according to federal court records and testimony from a ComEd official. Ray Long,, "House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.," 2 Oct. 2020 News of the bonuses riled those working to save the 11 sports that are on the chopping block. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford faces backlash over bonuses to football, basketball staff amid sports cuts," 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of chopping block

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Apr 2021

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“Chopping block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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