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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 wasill
Translations of “bloodletting”
in Chinese (Traditional) 流血, 殺戮,大屠殺, 裁員…
in Chinese (Simplified) 流血, 杀戮,大屠杀, 裁员…
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