auction block


noun

Also called block. a platform from which an auctioneer sells: the old courthouse where slaves were sold from the auction block.

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Idioms for 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.

Origin of auction block

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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