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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. 3butcher 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