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English definition of “block”

block

noun [C]     /blɒk/
STOCK MARKET a large number of shares that are sold by one organization at a particular time : Deutsche Bank placed a block of six million shares at 781p. The shares were sold on the Toronto Stock Exchange in a block trade .
ECONOMICS an official decision to stop something happening or continuing : a block on sth Lobbyists are calling for a block on bonuses to rail operators while their safety record is so poor .put/remove a block on sth The government has put a block on all arms sales to the country .
PROPERTY a building consisting of several apartments , offices , etc.: There are four apartments in each block. a block of office buildings
on the block US available to buy : She offers a beginner's guide to the newest pensions on the block. A few more newspapers may go on the block before the end of the year .
lay your head/neck on the block to risk a bad thing happening to you, for example getting a bad reputation , by doing something or helping someone: Agency executives willing to lay their heads on the block in a pure results-driven agreement would be very brave .
(Definition of block noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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