Definition of butcher's block in English:

butcher's block


  • 1A sturdy wooden kitchen table with a square top on which food may be chopped.

    • ‘The butcher's block, which Keogh plans to buy for her new home in Carrickmines, will provide her with more flexibility and space to work.’
    • ‘A water buffalo and a cow proved unwilling to be sacrificial animals and fled from the butcher's block, sparking confusion among locals.’
    • ‘There was a butcher's block, with knives hanging from a rack above it.’
    • ‘The two boys were observed spearing and cutting raw chickens on to skewers and cleaning the butcher's block and floor by an environmental health officer from Spelthorne Borough Council last October.’
    • ‘I told myself I was dreaming as they carried me to the butcher's block in the centre of town.’
    • ‘The pigs have been training extra hard for the event and may just escape the butcher's block if they impress.’
    • ‘The seats are steeply raked and we look down at the operating table, a slab of wood like a butcher's block.’
    • ‘School cupboards and butcher's blocks are also very popular and retain their presence and usefulness in the most orderly kitchen.’
    • ‘The kitchen has its own butcher's block and there is an attractive pebble garden with tropical plants.’
    • ‘There are a Belfast sink, range-style gas cooker, twin painted dressers and a butcher's block island unit.’
    • ‘He held the glass out to her and she took a grateful sip, putting the paper bag she'd carried back from the local shops on the small butcher's block that graced the middle of their kitchen.’
    • ‘He perched himself on the corner of a coffee table that resembled a butcher's block, but for magazine cuttings, and started to roll one of his cigarettes.’
    • ‘Chaos reigns while the owners of the obstreperous bird are called, and an unlikely friendship is forged as Ross and Katie decide that it must be preserved from the butcher's block.’
    • ‘My beautiful son's body had been violated and treated like a slab of meat on a butcher's block, even though in life he had violated his own body with drugs.’
    • ‘Morocco reveals itself in many ways; curvaceous sand dunes, tiny cove in the walled market place painted with fresh blood from a butcher's block, the weathered lines of an old woman's face.’
    • ‘The building, a mere butcher's block from Smithfield meat market, was half Georgian townhouse and half old smokehouse, the last smoking having taken place in 1967.’
    • ‘Bowls of chitterlings and kidneys glisten on a butcher's block.’
    • ‘At the butcher's block in the middle of the kitchen, Jo Fairley is pouring a gleaming dark brown liquid into a baking dish.’
    • ‘The critics went for it like meat cleavers on a butcher's block.’
    • ‘Maria didn't have the heart to tell her daughter that the rabbits were more likely to see the butcher's block instead of escaping in the night.’
    1. 1.1North American mass noun A material used to make kitchen worktops and tables, consisting of strips of wood glued together.
      ‘a slab of butcher block’
      as modifier ‘a butcher-block counter’
      • ‘Here are the basics for renewing the surface of butcher block.’
      • ‘My clothes, tangled in with Biddie's and Brigit's, are spread over the butcher-block table in the kitchen, the backs of the wooden chairs, flung over the arms of the chairs by the fire.’
      • ‘Wood butcher block can take much hard wear and tear, be resurfaced or repaired, and continue looking good for many years.’
      • ‘We were sitting at the butcher-block table in the kitchen eating whole wheat linguine smothered in olive oil, fresh basil, and garlic.’
      • ‘Joinery is of maple with butcher-block counter tops and soapstone work surfaces.’
      • ‘There's no sealer on the butcher-block top, so it will acquire a patina.’
      • ‘Please follow these steps to properly maintain your butcher block.’
      • ‘A striking solid oak butcher-block staircase rises to the upper levels, which house two meeting rooms.’
      • ‘I am trying to clean a butcher-block top-baking table of years of grease and non-stick spray.’
      • ‘The once-cramped galley now accommodates a crowd, with a big pine farm table at one end and a butcher block bar at the other.’
      • ‘She has a tiny little butcher-block table now, and sits at her desk and does her letters and types on her computer while I sit at the kitchen island and write.’
      • ‘In the kitchen/den a rough-hewn butcher-block countertop is juxtaposed with beadboard paneling painted with shiny semigloss enamel.’
      • ‘For example, should countertops be marble or granite, polished or honed, butcher-block or tile, concrete or limestone, or one of the new solid-surface or composite-stone materials?’
      • ‘We plan to create a large butcher-block top on an island in the middle of our remodeled kitchen.’
      • ‘The round butcher block between the cooktop and the sink, for instance, could have set the couple back quite a bit.’
      • ‘The butcher-block counter to the other side of the sink turns out to be the underside of a bowling lane.’
      • ‘The table legs are painted white and the tabletop looks like butcher block with a somewhat shiny finish.’
      • ‘The island's butcher-block top is divided into two sections by an undulating strip of stainless steel.’
      • ‘Across from the cooktop is a concrete prep counter with integrated trivet and butcher block.’
      • ‘Adding a rustic butcher block island creates a wonderful visual effect as well as providing useful functionality.’