on the chopping block

on the chopping block

1. Planned or about to be discarded or done away with. The president-elect has made it clear that several of his predecessor's policies will be on the chopping block as soon as he takes office. They told me that my project is on the chopping because of how many delays there have been.
2. In imminent danger of losing one's job. Hundreds of people will be on the chopping block if this factory shuts down.
See also: block, chop, on

on the chopping block

mod. in serious and threatening straits. Until this is resolved, our necks are on the chopping block.
See also: block, chop, on