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- A wooden slab used as a cutting surface for food etc.
- (historical, informal) A block of wood against which a condemned person put their head prior to beheading.
- (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.
- A situation in which someone or something is threatened with elimination.
a wooden slab used as a cutting surface for food
a block of wood people place their heads on prior to beheading