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

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 Some on the chopping block seemed to embody the university’s core identity: Mexican American studies, religious studies and Spanish. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Ten years after fire, OLLU thriving," 4 May 2018 Also on the McGloone chopping block are four depressed llamas who are soon to be turned into llama puddings and dumplings and possibly even a handbag for the meaty matriarch Myrtle McGloone. Karen Valby, New York Times, "Turning Myths and Fairy Tales on Their Heads," 4 May 2018 The current administration has been rolling back federal environmental regulations — most of them Obama-era policies — since Trump entered office; nearly five dozen have been on the chopping block in the past 16 months, according the New York Times. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump's Policies Hurt Black Americans," 27 Apr. 2018 Cheap natural gas and surging renewables have squeezed reactors’ profits, forcing some plants into retirement and pushing others toward the chopping block. Elise Young, Jim Polson, Jim Efstathiou Jr.,, "Jersey lawmakers revive plan to build wind farm off Atlantic City coast," 13 Apr. 2018 Will Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid be on the chopping block?, "Today: Trump’s Fixer in a Fix," 10 Apr. 2018 All day, Washington will once again be on pink slip watch, waiting to see if any of the numerous administration officials rumored to be on the chopping block meet the same fate as ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Another day of pins and needles as yet another White House shakeup looms," 16 Mar. 2018 Two Indianapolis-area Babies R Us stores are on the chopping block — the Clearwater Crossing location at 3928 E. 82nd St. in Indianapolis and the Greenwood Shopping Center location at 8800 U.S. 31 South. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "2 Indianapolis-area Babies R Us stores among 182 Toys R Us closings," 24 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chopping block.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of chopping block

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about chopping block

Share chopping block

Statistics for chopping block

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for chopping block

The first known use of chopping block was in 1600

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for chopping block

chopping block


English Language Learners Definition of chopping block

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

More from Merriam-Webster on chopping block

See words that rhyme with chopping block

Comments on chopping block

What made you want to look up chopping block? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


evasion of direct action or statement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!