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
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The latest partnership builds on The Chopping Block's established relationships as long-term catering partners to the likes of the NFU and NFU Mutual.
There were whispers after the 7-1 drubbing at Manchester United that Sam's over-sized head was on the chopping block but punters reckoned for that to be true Blackburn would need a chopping block the size of the Eastern Bloc.
Summary: The markets recover from a two-day plunge in risk appetite; but are the yen crosses and dollar-denominated majors necessarily back on the chopping block?
In spite of Abitibi Consolidated's recent announcement to close the Kenora mill, company officials insist the Fort Frances operation is not on the chopping block.
Dave Jones has stated his intention to decide which players Cardiff City sign, because it will be his head on the chopping block if things go wrong.
"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.