|1.||on the table|
To say that something is "on the table" means that said object is being used as a bargaining chip during negotiations. Used frequently during governmental budget negotiations as a political sacrifice.
Congressional Republicans, in their lust for lower taxes for the wealthy, let it be known that all social safety net programs are on the table.
|2.||on the table|
a position of visibility or legitimacy
when your married booty partner intrduces you to the spouse as a "friend", s/he has put you on the table.