Also called block. a platform from which an auctioneer sells: The auction block in front of the old courthouse was removed and placed in a slavery exhibit at the state museum.
Idioms about auction block
put on the auction block, to offer for sale at auction; offer to sell to the highest bidder.: Also put on the block.
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How to use auction block in a sentence
It resembled unforgettable images of slaves on the auction block.Michigan Supreme Court Limits Use of Restraints on Juveniles | by Jodi S. Cohen | July 28, 2021 | ProPublica
That year, after Richardson was at the center of a lurid racism and sexual harassment scandal, he announced he was putting the team on the auction block.The Billionaire Playbook: How Sports Owners Use Their Teams to Avoid Millions in Taxes | by Robert Faturechi, Justin Elliott and Ellis Simani | July 8, 2021 | ProPublica
As the author of a 1711 book noted, traders also smeared captives’ skin with palm oil to make them “look smooth, sleek, and young” before sending them to the auction block.
Along the Prado they used to sell slaves on the auction block, too.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both ideas are admirable, and quite possibly necessary to save American democracy from the auction block.Undo Citizens United? We’d Only Scratch the Surface | Jedediah Purdy | November 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
From April 18-25 all of the eggs will go on display at Rockefeller Center before a select group hits the auction block.Franck de las Mercedes Lost Everything in a Fire…Except His Faberge Egg | Justin Jones | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some of the rock-star artists who experienced meteoric rises, helped by manipulations on the auction block, are now in freefall.
Will CanWest go bankrupt, and if so, what would happen if the New Republic went on the auction block?
Being thus sustained, the slave-traders set up their auction-block in no out-of-the-way place.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
Begetting children for the auction block could hardly sanctify family ties.The Negro Problem | Booker T. Washington, et al.
A beautiful girl, almost white, was placed upon the auction block and exposed to the grossest indignities.Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian? | John B. Remsburg
The Republican party, with the wand of progress, touched the auction-block and it became a schoolhouse.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12) | Robert G. Ingersoll
The less valuable slaves were first placed upon the auction-block, one after another, and sold to the highest bidder.Clotelle | William Wells Brown