chopping block

noun
a thick, often large block of wood on which meat, vegetables, etc., are placed for cutting, trimming, chopping, and the like.

Origin:
1695–1705

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Example sentences
In several countries, feed-in tariffs that subsidize renewable energy are on
  the chopping block.
Rather than protecting these hallmarks of government investment, they're first
  on the chopping block.
Well, a personal choice for everyone except that poor little sucker lying on
  the chopping block.
Recessions tend to temper ambitions, and it appears that even inaugural
  ceremonies may be on the chopping block at some colleges.
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