Definition of butcher in English:

butcher

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʊtʃə
 
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noun

  • 1A person whose trade is cutting up and selling meat in a shop.
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    • 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 butcher
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    murderer, mass murderer, slaughterer, killer, assassin, serial killer, homicidal maniac, destroyer, terminator, liquidator
    literary slayer
    dated cut-throat, homicide
  • 2North American informal A person selling refreshments, newspapers, etc. on a train or in a theatre.

verb

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Phrases

have (or take) a butcher's

British informal Have a look.
[butcher's from butcher's hook, rhyming slang for a 'look']
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French bochier, from boc 'he-goat', probably of the same ultimate origin as buck1.

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