informal Put one’s standing or reputation at risk by proceeding with a particular course of action: it’s not in your nature to put your head on the block
[with reference to an executioner's block]
More example sentences
- Councillors often have to make difficult decisions, often putting their head on the block.
- If it's not, I will be putting my head on the block again.
- But I'd have to to be totally sure that I was on to a winner before putting my head on the block - watched by half the world.