take (something) off the table

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take (something) off the table

To withdraw something or make it no longer available, as for consideration, acceptance, discussion, etc. I wouldn't wait too long to accept the job offer—they might take it off the table before you know it. For the sake of making progress in our meeting this morning, let's just take the issue of possible pay reductions off the table for the moment.
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Should City draw and United win, the derby is taken off the table.
eventually got taken off the table by the board of education," Larson said.
The council's sole Green councillor Alasdair Tollemache has said he will be looking for options such as shared headships for some schools to be taken off the table.
And, just as the toughest part of the negotiations, Jerusalem, was taken off the table, the dismantling of UNRWA will remove another complex final-status issue: That of the Palestinian refugees and the right of return.
He told the media: "Before we move to phase two talks on trade, we want taken off the table any suggestion that there will be a physical border, a hard border, new barriers to trade on the island of Ireland.
Carlsberg chief executive Cees 't Hart said that additional job cuts at the firm have not been taken off the table.
Carlsberg chief executive Cees 't Hart told the Press Association that additional job cuts at the Danish firm have not been taken off the table.
Unison's regional organiser Natasha Nicholson said: "It is great news that the proposal has been taken off the table and goes to show that if we do have a consultation then we can have an influence.
Afterwards, it was announced that congressmen 'convinced' the Speaker to amend the bill to make the death penalty optional, while plunder was taken off the table as a capital crime, thus creating a loophole so big that neither convicts nor congressmen can expect to be meted out the death penalty.
While bulk funding has been taken off the table, for now, other agreed changes need scrutiny.
However, Harvey said the prospect of B teams being introduced to a new fifth tier was taken off the table in September.
For an increasing number of Americans, the process of going to the polls on Election Day has been taken off the table by early voting and absentee ballots.
The South Willamette Special Area Zone was taken off the table.
Until it is definitely taken off the table the attitude I will always have is that anything is possible.
All but one of the tracks on here were originally offered to other artists and either rejected, or taken off the table by Sia herself.