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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
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  • I stood by him on the auction-block; and when I stepped down, they thought they had him sure.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • Nothing that he could do would be able to save them from the auction-block.

    Slavery and the Constitution William Ingersoll Bowditch
  • As the thought flashed upon his mind that he was about to be sold on the auction-block, he grew terribly desperate.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • A slave Kwaque was, as much as if Daughtry had bought him on the auction-block.

  • Martin had held up the vision of the auction-block before Sam; this was enough.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • It was the auction-block horror that first prompted him to seek freedom.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • Eight and a half months before escaping, Washington had been secreted in order to shun both master and auction-block.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • My wife and children, dearer to me than my heart's blood, were they made for the auction-block?

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • The mother was first put upon the auction-block, and sold to a noted negro trader named Jennings.

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • When the hour arrived, the doomed man was placed on the auction-block.

    The Underground Railroad William Still

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