- 1A person whose trade is cutting up and selling meat in a shop.More example sentences
- Markets often have butchers or cooked meat shops that specialize in the head and trotters, that is, the non-organ meats that are not suitable for stews and kebabs.
- Yet another regulation about to impact on the local meat sector is a prohibition of cutting meat for wholesale in butchers ' shops.
- We decided to sell direct to the customer in a shop, which would incorporate a traditional butcher's shop with cutting room and cold store.
- 1.1A person who slaughters and cuts up animals for food: [with modifier]: a pork butcherMore example sentences
- By Islamic custom, butchers must slaughter animals by cutting the throat.
- The refinery, built in 1998, processes food waste and animal by-products collected from slaughterhouses, butchers and supermarkets.
- It appeared to him that almost everyone was a butcher and when an animal was slaughtered, everything was used down to the last drop of blood.
- 1.2A person who kills people indiscriminately or brutally.More example sentences
- Just as providence protects drunks and fools, so it also spares the pseuds who make excuses for the butchers who have killed their neighbours.
- I told him they were a bunch of murdering butchers and he didn't like that.
- Up along the bay still seagulling like a mix of Welsh and Irish, bible black and pudding with fingers in his mouth - maybe his own this time, the slavering butcher, the killer in some eyes.
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- 1Slaughter or cut up (an animal) for food.More example sentences
- A ban on butchering downer cows - animals that stagger, can't walk, or exhibit other signs of BSE-will make no difference, either.
- Scenes of milking, slaughtering and butchering cattle, and hunting wild cattle in swamps are also shown.
- I recently stayed with some Bedouin tribes in Jordan, where the women did the bread-making while the men slaughtered and butchered the goat for us.
- 1.1Kill (a person or people) indiscriminately or brutally: they rounded up and butchered 250 peopleMore example sentences
- So, you murder, kill, and butcher, she thought cruelly, so what are you doing here in an office full of paperwork?
- A civilized species does not kill, maim, butcher, blow up, whatever you want to call it.
- They still exist in a time where an enemy is fit only to be butchered like an animal.
- 1.2Ruin (something) deliberately or through incompetence: the film was butchered by the studio that released itMore example sentences
- White doesn't say so, but it seems safe to assume that they deliberately butchered it.
- This time Fumento gets the issue date of the article correct, but he incomprehensibly butchers the quote.
- And why should a studio butcher its own work when those abusing it freely admit that, no, they haven't even seen the movie?
have (or take) a butcher's
- British • informal Have a look.[butcher's from butcher's hook, rhyming slang for a 'look']More example sentences
- He kicks off at Kelvingrove in Glasgow where he will take a butcher's at Salvador Dali's St John Of The Cross.
- Meanwhile, Sharky's takes a butcher's at the P3 1.13GHz CPU.
- ‘I think I might just mosey on down and take a butcher's,’ the PFY says, exiting stage left.
Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French bochier, from boc 'he-goat', probably of the same ultimate origin as buck1.