- 1The killing of animals for food.More example sentences
- The course covers meat processing from slaughter to packaging, food preparation and export compliance, health and safety, and communication skills.
- Both pathogens can colonise the intestines of beef cattle and get into the food chain during slaughter at the abattoir.
- The Bible records many examples of the slaughter of animals for food, products or purpose.
- 1.1The killing of a large number of people or animals in a cruel or violent way; massacre: the slaughter of 20 peaceful demonstratorsMore example sentences
- Yet Amin took the use of murder as a way of dealing with all enemies, real or imagined, to new heights in Uganda and conducted his campaign of slaughter with cruel relish.
- Those possibilities, it seems, now extend to violent slaughter of the type previously monopolised by male action heroes.
- Brutal conquests to be sure, his bloody wake of slaughter in the violent thirteenth century led to the murder of untold millions.
- 1.2 • informal A thorough defeat: an absolute slaughter by the Red SoxMore example sentences
- Not so long ago, Yorkshire's star Tory retreated onto the backbenches after leading his side to a slaughter in 2001, but it represented the dawn of a new career making mega-bucks.
- Indeed, such was the Aussie dominance in the third quarter that a slaughter seemed on the cards and was only avoided by some deep digging into inner reserves by a number of the Irish players.
- With such a remarkable home record, Celtic's problem is that, even when they are not at full-strength, anything less than a routine slaughter will be deemed inadequate.
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- 1Kill (animals) for food.More example sentences
- When I say meat, I do mean slaughtered animals killed for food.
- I don't have a moral dilemma when it comes to slaughtering animals for food, just so long as it is done humanely.
- Thus, even though nomads have to get much of their food by slaughtering animals from their herds, their way of life is still religiously respectable.
- 1.1Kill (people or animals) in a cruel or violent way, typically in large numbers: innocent civilians are being slaughteredMore example sentences
- The new powers will enable the Executive to slaughter pet birds - and even dogs and cats.
- The three feuding groups adopted extremely cruel methods to slaughter each other and engage in ethnic cleansing.
- If these officials are telling the truth, they gave in because they believed NATO was about to destroy urban Serbia and slaughter the civilian population.
- 1.2 • informal Defeat (an opponent) thoroughly: our team was slaughtered in the finalsMore example sentences
- Bradford took the morning's foursomes 8-4 with Ian Martin and Roche slaughtering their opponents 7 & 6.
- In the first game of the summer cup, Walkers' dominoes team were slaughtered.
- I'm going ‘ah no, I've just got away’ but up we went and I got hammered, absolutely slaughtered.
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- This group contains our senseless killers and slaughterers.
- ‘Some bury them deep under the ground, but others may send the pigs to the underground slaughterers and then sell them in the market,’ Tian said.
- There is the kill team, meeting one morning in foot-and-mouth infested Dumfries: a vet, two slaughterers and two labourers.
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- But if American politicians echo the terrorists' blood-lusting, this tragedy will have been turned to slaughterous folly.
- As the author rightly acknowledges, it is not a history of the slaughterous campaign, but the story of the experiences of the 1st and 6th battalions.
- The slaughterous conflict gave Paraguay political instability that eventually produced its most recent tyrant, Alfredo Stroessner, who took power in 1954 and ruled with an iron fist for thirty-five years.
Middle English (as a noun): from Old Norse slátr 'butcher's meat'; related to slay1. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.