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auction block

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  1. Also called block. a platform from which an auctioneer sells: the old courthouse where slaves were sold from the auction block.
  1. put on the auction block, to offer for sale at auction; offer to sell to the highest bidder.Also put on the block.

Origin of auction block

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Historical Examples

  • Nothing that he could do would be able to save them from the auction-block.

    Slavery and the Constitution

    William Ingersoll Bowditch

  • A slave Kwaque was, as much as if Daughtry had bought him on the auction-block.

  • It was the auction-block horror that first prompted him to seek freedom.

  • My wife and children, dearer to me than my heart's blood, were they made for the auction-block?

  • When the hour arrived, the doomed man was placed on the auction-block.