chopping block

noun

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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First Known Use of chopping block

1600

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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chopping block

Definition of chopping block for English Language Learners

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


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