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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Those options were all proposed after the budget committee last week took off the table a controversial proposal to eliminate funding for some high school sports - such as soccer, swimming and wrestling - and relegating them to self-supporting "club sport" status.
Critics were not surprised the specter of toilet-to-tap has come up so quickly after Valley secession was defeated, since it was one of a number of emotional and controversial issues that city officials took off the table until after the Nov.