auction block

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. auc,
  2. auch,
  3. auckland,
  4. auckland islands,
  5. auction,
  6. auction bridge,
  7. auction pinochle,
  8. auction pitch,
  9. auctioneer,
  10. auctorial

Idioms

    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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