American English

Definition of slaughter noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the killing of animals for their meat cows taken for slaughter
  2. 2the cruel killing of large numbers of people at one time, especially in a war synonym massacre the wholesale slaughter of innocent people
  3. Idioms
    (like) a lamb/lambs to the slaughter
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    used to describe people who are going to do something dangerous without realizing it
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: slaughter