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bloodletting

noun uk   /ˈblʌdˌlet.ɪŋ/ us    /-ˌlet̬-/
[U] formal killing and violence, especially between enemy groups involved in an argument that has existed for a long time: ethnic bloodletting [S or U] the situation in which a company reduces the number of people working for it: EWS carried out further bloodletting by sacking some senior employees. [U] in the past, a medical treatment in which blood was taken from a person who was ill
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