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  • v. Present participle of butcher.
  • n. The act by which someone or something is butchered; a slaughter or killing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The business of a butcher.
  • n. The act of slaughtering; the act of killing cruelly and needlessly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the business of a butcher


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  • Jessica and Joshua Applestone made their name butchering pasture-raised beef, pork and lamb, and teaching others the art, in their shop in Kingston, N.Y. Now they have a store in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Unless the butchering is essential to the meaning of the story, then I usually fix it by paraphrasing.


  • Lesson completed, he'd begin butchering the deer by slicing out the entrails, along with the heart, liver, kidneys, and other organs, letting them all drop into a 25-gallon plastic "gutbucket" that he'd later haul off on his four-wheeler to a distant fenceline — a gift to the local coyotes.

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  • He said, 'Wood, I don't like my business, but on the word of an honest man, my butchering is done as well as it can be.

    Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography

  • But it was Boston mayor Thomas Menino, not known for his distinguished public speaking, who wound up stealing the show by mixing up his Boston athletes and also butchering a word.

    Boston Bruins Team Report

  • And his high-priced defense team was able to convince that Galveston jury that actions that happened after the killing, namely the butchering of this man's body, were completely irrelevant to the case, were not to be considered by them in reaching their verdict of not guilty.

    CNN Transcript Dec 26, 2003

  • Basye called his butchering class "an eye-opening experience," adding "it brought me back to the roots of where it starts." Chronicle

  • All that said, here's E.O. Wilson "butchering" evolutionary theory in USA Today: "The second principle is that all life has evolved by random mutation and natural selection."

    Abiogenesis and Evolution

  • Better to look at the entrails, upon 'butchering'.

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  • It's interesting how we have become so far removed from the ordinary everyday aspects of life such as butchering and farming, yet our demands have grown exponentially with the more "leisure" we have.

    It Turns and Returns


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