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noun [C] uk   /ˈbʊtʃ.ər/ us    //

butcher noun [C] (SHOP)

B1 a person who sells meat in a shopPeople who make and serve food (UK also butcher's) a shop where butchers workShops, markets and auctionsRestaurants and cafesBuildings in general

butcher noun [C] (MURDER)

someone who murders a lot of people, especially in a cruel wayMurderers and attackers


verb [T] uk   /ˈbʊtʃ.ər/ us    //
to cut an animal into pieces of meatKillingMurder and attempted murderCutting and stabbingPreparing animals and fish for cooking to kill someone in a very violent wayMurder and attempted murderKillingKillingMurder and attempted murder
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