To be on the anvil
Anvil An"vil, n. [OE. anvelt, anfelt, anefelt, AS. anfilt, onfilt; of uncertain origin; cf. OHG. anafalz, D. aanbeld.] 1. An iron block, usually with a steel face, upon which metals are hammered and shaped. [1913 Webster]

2. Anything resembling an anvil in shape or use. Specifically (Anat.), the incus. See {Incus}. [1913 Webster]

{To be on the anvil}, to be in a state of discussion, formation, or preparation, as when a scheme or measure is forming, but not matured. --Swift. [1913 Webster]


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