Chopping-block meaning

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A wooden block on which food or wood is chopped.
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A block of hardwood on which meat and vegetables are cut up in food preparation.
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A wooden slab used as a cutting surface for food etc.
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(historical, informal) A block of wood against which a condemned person put their head prior to beheading.
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(by extension) A dangerous predicament or situation.

Jim really put his head on the chopping block when he started flirting with the boss's daughter.

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A situation in which someone or something is threatened with elimination.
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