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butch•er



Pronunciation: (booch'ur), [key]
n.
1. a retail or wholesale dealer in meat.
2. a person who slaughters certain animals, or who dresses the flesh of animals, fish, or poultry, for food or market.
3. a person guilty of brutal or indiscriminate slaughter or murder.
4. a vendor who hawks newspapers, candy, beverages, etc., as on a train, at a stadium, etc.

v.t.
1. to slaughter or dress (animals, fish, or poultry) for market.
2. to kill indiscriminately or brutally.
3. to bungle; botch: to butcher a job.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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