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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
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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