on the chopping block

Definition of on the chopping block

informal

  1. :  likely to be fired, removed, or eliminated, etc. There were several government programs on the chopping block.

Word by Word Definitions

chopplay chopping
  1. :  to cut into or sever usually by repeated blows of a sharp instrument

    :  to weed and thin out (young cotton)

    :  to cut as if by chopping

  1. :  a forceful usually slanting blow with or as if with an ax or cleaver

    :  a sharp downward blow or stroke

    :  a small cut of meat often including part of a rib — see lamb illustration

  1. :  to change direction

    :  to veer with or as if with wind

  1. :  a seal or official stamp or its impression

    :  a license validated by a seal

    :  a mark on goods or coins to indicate nature or quality

blockplay
  1. :  a compact usually solid piece of substantial material especially when worked or altered to serve a particular purpose : such as

    :  the piece of wood on which the neck of a person condemned to be beheaded is laid for execution

    :  a mold or form on which articles are shaped or displayed

  1. :  to make unsuitable for passage or progress by obstruction

    :  blockade

    :  to hinder the passage, progress, or accomplishment of by or as if by interposing an obstruction


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