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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The PMO hasn't taken off the table the idea of establishing new Bedouin towns in areas that are held by the tribes.
The "bomb Iran" option has to be taken off the table.
The menus had been taken off the table so we were unsure if we had to request fries as a side order or they were supposed to be served with the steak as a main meal.
Early this month, Abhisit offered an election in November, just over a year before he needed to call one, but talks foundered and that offer was taken off the table.
In the end, a senior Israeli official said, the issue was taken off the table, ascribed to American opposition.
AoWhatever planning for the transition had been under way was certainly taken off the table when the earthquake hit.
Things have been taken off the table and everything on the table is not being progressed.
The Americans exerted pressure and the Goldstone Report was taken off the table.
In time of war, nothing should be taken off the table.
Many deals that were near completion in late fall were subsequently taken off the table and re-traded for an average of 10 to 15% off the original terms.
TOKYO - Japan has proposed to Australia that rice, wheat, beef, dairy products and sugar be taken off the table in negotiating a bilateral free trade agreement, a senior Japanese farm ministry official said Monday.
It was an offer that made it impossible for us to get others to put against it - it would have been taken off the table otherwise.
and British diplomats agreed, and taken off the table before negotiations about Libya's disarmament could commence in earnest.
He said no option should be taken off the table when looking at ways to cut environmentally damaging greenhouse gas emissions.
We should look at ways of sharpening that choice,'' adding the military option is ''not on the agenda'' but is ''never taken off the table.