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auction block

Also called block. a platform from which an auctioneer sells:
the old courthouse where slaves were sold from the auction block.
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
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Small firms, meanwhile, are eager to step up to the auction block.
  • The wood products company put itself on the auction block last winter, and the proposed sales were announced earlier this month.
  • His race cars and aircraft are headed to the auction block, with proceeds going to a trust he created.
  • Almost everybody thinks some things ought not go on the auction block.
  • Soon marginal farmers were bankrupt and farms went on the auction block.

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