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butcher

noun [C] uk   /ˈbʊtʃ.ər/ us    //

butcher noun [C] (SHOP)

B1 a person who sells meat in a shop ( also butcher's) a shop where butchers work
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butcher noun [C] (MURDER)

someone who murders a lot of people, especially in a cruel way

butcher

verb [T] uk   /ˈbʊtʃ.ər/ us    //
to cut an animal into pieces of meat to kill someone in a very violent way
Translations of “butcher”
in Korean 정육점 주인…
in Arabic جَزَّار, قَصَّاب…
in French boucher/-ère…
in Turkish kasap…
in Italian macellaio, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 工作, 肉商,肉販, 肉店,肉鋪…
in Russian мясник…
in Polish rzeźni-k/czka…
in Spanish carnicero…
in Portuguese açougueiro…
in German der Fleischer, der Metzger…
in Catalan carnisser, -a…
in Japanese 肉屋…
in Chinese (Simplified) 工作, 肉商,肉贩, 肉店,肉铺…
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