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Definition of butcher verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they butcher
    he / she / it butchers
    past simple butchered
    -ing form butchering
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  1. 1butcher somebody to kill people in a very cruel and violent way
  2. 2butcher something to kill animals and cut them up for use as meat
  3. 3 butcher something to spoil something by doing it very badly The script was good, but those guys butchered it.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: butcher