Definition of on the block in English:

on the block

(also on the auction block)

phrase

  • For sale at auction.

    ‘the original first manuscript for Ravel's Bolero goes on the block today’
    • ‘the company put its subsidiary on the block because it did not fit its core business interests’
    • ‘The studio is placing props from the film on the block at their online auction house.’
    • ‘At the same time, some of his designs are on the block at an auction in Chicago.’
    • ‘The services of the celebrity painter commanded two winning bids of $25,000 to top a series of unique experiences offered on the auction block.’
    • ‘Some owners have a habit of running in with their unpaid taxes paid up minutes before their property goes on the block.’
    • ‘According to the local paper, the company headquarters - built in 2003 for $12 million - is up on the auction block.’
    • ‘It would put the presidency right back on the auction block.’
    • ‘Competitors try to drive down the price of policies on the auction block with whispers of whiskey-soaked college days and unconfirmed reports of compromising photos.’
    • ‘And it likely would go on the auction block again.’