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

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Some products that usually avoid hitting the discount chopping block have been included, too. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Amazon is starting Prime Day 2019 a day early with discounts on its devices," 14 July 2019 Delivery workers look to be the first on the chopping block in the coming shift to autonomy. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Domino’s teams up with Nuro for driverless pizza delivery in Houston," 17 June 2019 Nielsen’s not the only one possibly on the chopping blockTrump has reportedly been considering an administration-wide shake-up in the wake of the midterms. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Trump refuses to commit to Kirstjen Nielsen continuing as DHS secretary into the future," 18 Nov. 2018 Fruit and Cheese chopping blocks—Green Oak Furniture (M). House Beautiful, "September 2011 Issue Product Guide," 29 June 2011 Republicans, particularly those in districts that voted against Trump in the 2016 election, found themselves on the chopping block last night — a reality that Trump has been reluctant to recognize. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Trump dissed Republicans who lost," 7 Nov. 2018 Considering all that, the two couples on the chopping block ended up being Danelle Umsted and Artem Chigvintsev and John Schneider and Emma Slater. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Fans Are Fuming Over Last Night's Decision to Eliminate Danelle Umstead," 3 Oct. 2018 Black walnut chopping block—John Boos (M); House Beautiful, "July/August 2012 Issue Product Guide," 1 June 2012 The other big one, the Home Button, is rumored to be on the chopping block too. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The iPhone Is Losing Its Headphone Jack But You'll Be Fine," 1 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of chopping block

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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