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bloodlettingnoun

uk   /ˈblʌdˌlet.ɪŋ/  us   /-ˌlet̬-/
[U] formal killing and ​violence, ​especially between ​enemygroupsinvolved in an ​argument that has ​existed for a ​longtime: ethnic bloodletting [S or U] the ​situation in which a ​companyreduces the ​number of ​peopleworking for it: EWS ​carried out ​further bloodletting by ​sacking some ​senioremployees. [U] in the past, a ​medicaltreatment in which ​blood was taken from a ​person who wasill
(Definition of bloodletting from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bloodlettingnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈblʌdˌletɪŋ/
informal WORKPLACE a ​process in which a ​company with ​financial problems gets rid of a lot of ​employees at the same ​time: Twenty-five ​senioremployees were ​fired in the latest round of bloodletting.
STOCK MARKET a ​period of ​time during which ​shareslose a lot of their ​value: Wall Street prepared itself for a week of bloodletting as ​stockmarketconditions continued to worsen.
(Definition of bloodletting from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bloodletting”
in Chinese (Simplified) 流血, 杀戮,大屠杀, 裁员…
in Chinese (Traditional) 流血, 殺戮,大屠殺, 裁員…
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