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auction block

[ awk-shuhn blok ]
/ ˈɔk ʃən ˌblɒk /
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noun

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.

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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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