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slaughter

noun [U]  us   /ˈslɔ·t̬ər/

slaughter noun [U] (KILLING ANIMALS)

the killing of animals for their meat, or the killing of large numbers of animals in a cruel manner

slaughter noun [U] (KILLING PEOPLE)

the killing of large numbers of people: We must find ways of reducing the slaughter on the highways (= deaths of many people in car accidents).

slaughter

verb [T]  us   /ˈslɔt̬·ər/

slaughter verb [T] (KILLING PEOPLE)

to kill large numbers of people infml In sports and other competitions, to slaughter is to defeat easily: The Red Sox slaughtered the Yankees in last night’s baseball game, winning 12 to 0.

slaughter verb [T] (KILLING ANIMALS)

to kill animals, esp. for their meat
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