on the chopping block

on the chopping block

mod. in serious and threatening straits. Until this is resolved, our necks are on the chopping block.
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We seem to have a blame culture where we want to blame others and put them on the chopping block - and I take that blame myself.
Also on the chopping block is a $200,000 request from Long Beach officials to continue a Corps study of beach erosion on the Alamitos Bay Peninsula, as well as funding for proposed improvements at Marina del Rey, Ballona Creek and Port Hueneme.
One of the items on the chopping block, to the tune of nearly $68 million statewide, is the ``mega item'' grant, money that school districts were allotted to underwrite specific programs.
Those layoffs, combined with the cancellation of private security services and the rumor that the pool cleaning staff is next on the chopping block, have residents worried that their complex will soon fall into disrepair.
We find it significant that a number of those individuals now served by Tierra del Sol formerly lived at Camarillo State Hospital and Developmental Center, now on the chopping block for closure as part of a state economy move.