chopping block

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Noun[edit]

chopping block (plural chopping blocks)

  1. A wooden slab used as a cutting surface for food etc.
  2. (historical, informal) A block of wood against which a condemned person put their head prior to beheading.
  3. (by extension) A dangerous predicament or situation.
    Jim really put his head on the chopping block when he started flirting with the boss's daughter.
  4. A situation in which someone or something is threatened with elimination.