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Definition of bloodletting noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(formal) the killing or wounding of people synonym bloodshed the futile bloodletting of war
  2. 2a medical treatment used in the past in which some of a patient's blood was removed
  3. 3(informal) the act of forcing a lot of people to leave a company or organization He lost his job in the corporate bloodletting last year.
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