follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

auction block

noun
1.
Also called block. a platform from which an auctioneer sells:
the old courthouse where slaves were sold from the auction block.
Idioms
2.
put on the auction block, to offer for sale at auction; offer to sell to the highest bidder.
Also, put on the block.
Origin of auction block
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for auction block
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • They have 'em get up on a auction block, and hire a auctioneer, and sell 'em at so much a head, to the crowd.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • I heerd my mother say they sold slaves on what they called an auction block.

  • Thus the Thirteenth Amendment did not destroy the auction block.

  • Several Negroes were standing on a platform called an auction block.

    Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance Frances Cavanah
  • It was a serious sacrifice; but she had been threatened with the auction block, and she well understood what that meant.

    The Underground Railroad William Still

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for auction block

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for auction

9
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for auction block