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chopping block

a thick, often large block of wood on which meat, vegetables, etc., are placed for cutting, trimming, chopping, and the like.
Origin of chopping block
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • So saying, Phonny jumped down from the bench and went and climbed up upon the chopping-block to get down an auger.

    Stuyvesant Jacob Abbott
  • What do you here who should be in prison waiting on the chopping-block?

  • Lucy Haines sat down on the chopping-block and began to cry.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • As she passed the chopping-block, Kirstie snatched up her axe.

    The Heart of the Ancient Wood Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He wrenched an ax from its cleft in a chopping-block and caved in the top of the coffin with the first blow.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • To-day I know what it means to be put on the chopping-block of the 'System' butchers.

    Friday, the Thirteenth Thomas W. Lawson
  • You can have old Martin for a chopping-block any time you want to cut wood.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Later, when Arne was called in to dinner, Baard still sat on the chopping-block.

    Arne: Early Tales and Sketches Bjornstjerne Bjornson
  • Julia tugged at her skirt; the chopping-block was on the hem and he on it so that she could not get free.

    The Good Comrade Una L. Silberrad
  • She looked another woman from the nervous, sobbing creature on the chopping-block.

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