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Definition of butcher verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    butcher

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they butcher
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃər//
     
    he / she / it butchers
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃərz//
     
    past simple butchered
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃərd//
     
    past participle butchered
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃərd//
     
    -ing form butchering
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃərɪŋ//
     
    Animal farming
     
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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 See related entries: Animal farming
  3. 3butcher something (especially North American English) to spoil something by doing it very badly The script was good, but those guys butchered it.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French bochier, from boc ‘he-goat’, probably of the same ultimate origin as the verb buck.
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