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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v butcher kill (animals) usually for food consumption "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"
    • n butcher someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
    • n butcher a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
    • n butcher a brutal indiscriminate murderer
    • n butcher a retailer of meat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's illegal in Newcastle, WY to have sex in a butcher shop's meat freezer.
    • Butcher A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as in battle. "Butcher of an innocent child."
    • Butcher One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for food.
    • Butcher to bungle badly; to botch; -- used also when an object is damaged (literally or figuratively) in an activity; as, the new choir butchered the hymn.
    • Butcher To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market; as, to butcher hogs.
    • Butcher To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner. "Ithocles] was murdered, rather butchered ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The occupations of the three men in a tub were butcher, baker, and candlestick maker.
    • n butcher One who slaughters animals for market; one whose occupation is the killing of animals for food.“
    • n butcher An executioner.
    • n butcher One who kills in a cruel or bloody manner; one guilty of indiscriminate slaughter.
    • n butcher Figuratively, an unskilful workman or performer; a bungler; a botch.
    • butcher To kill or slaughter for food or for market.
    • butcher To murder, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner.
    • butcher Figuratively, to treat bunglingly; make a botch of; spoil by bad work: as, to butcher a job; the play was butchered by the actors.
    • n butcher A long drink of beer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Butcher booch′ėr one whose business is to slaughter animals for food: one who delights in bloody deeds
    • v.t Butcher to slaughter animals for food: to put to a bloody death, to kill cruelly:
    • v.t Butcher (fig.) to spoil anything, as a bad actor or the like
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  • Voltaire
    “Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with an irrational fear of life become publishers.”
  • Lord Byron
    “If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.”


Fit as a butcher's dog - Someone who's very healthy, fit or physically attractive is as fit as a butcher's dog.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bochere, bochier, OF. bochier, F. boucher, orig., slaughterer of buck goats, fr. OF. boc, F. bouc, a buck goat; of German or Celtic origin. See Buck the animal


In literature:

The soldiers were for going back and butchering every warrior, but the Jesuits forbade such treachery.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Veronique's work was the preparation of the vegetables, and she also took the meat in from the butcher.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
She raised 'em and my, at the meat we had when they was butchered.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
She knew she'd want to do her own delightful haggling with butcher and vegetable peddler.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
There was New York Jake, the butcher boy, Who was fond of getting tight.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
The Mandara officer and his followers were butchered and stripped within a few yards of him.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
They used to tuck butcher knives in their leggings.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
The Alamo had fallen and now the Mexicans were bent upon butchering every Texan who still remained alive.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
The cruel methods by which they massacred and butchered the poor natives, were innumerable, and of the most diabolical nature.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
The earlier you put them up, the sooner they will be ready for the butcher.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie

In poetry:

It was the savage butcher then,
That made a mock of sin,
And swore a very wicked oath,
He did not care a pin.
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Mountain of foreign servility,
Butcher of chin and of lip.
Maugre your marked inability,
Do I not fall for the tip?
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
She stude upon her castle wa',
And let twa bullets flee:
She missed that bluidy butcher's heart
And only rased his knee.
"Edom O'Gordon" by Henry Morley
IT was the stalwart butcher man,
That knit his swarthy brow,
And said the gentle Pig must die,
And sealed it with a vow.
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And open, open swung the door,
And, fleeter than the wind,
The shadowy spectre swept before,
The butcher trailed behind.
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
It was the bloody butcher then,
That laughed as he would die,
Yet did he soothe the sorrowing child,
And bid him not to cry;--
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

'Black Christmas' Butchers the Slasher Genre.
1980s brought World's Fair and Butcher bank failure.
Terry Butcher's tips for fishing the slop .
When it comes to flipping and pitching, noted power fisherman Terry Butcher is a force to be reckoned with.
Best Butcher to Hang it Up (But Who Will Be Sorely Missed).
Cancelliere, who ran Butcher's Caf� with his father, John, before selling it to Todd Bergman (who's now at New Wave Caf�), has been out of the Philly scene since his dad passed away in 2005.
Hot dog, yogurt, butcher stores opening.
From left, Carson Murphy, 10, of Butchers Hill, and Maya Gallant, 11, of Catonsville, rest a moment on a van at the field.
Clingy fabrics) had portrayed a woman strung up in a meat locker and threatened by a hunchbacked butcher.
Chef to butcher hog, talk books at Johnson County library event.
Meet the butcher Dec 15 at Sweetbay.
Sweetbay Supermarket invites shoppers to Meet the Butcher in Lehigh Acres on December 15.
This iconic image of bloodied former England defender Terry Butcher taken in 1989 during a World Cup qualifier embodies the "warrior" style in which the country has always played.
Abdullah the Butcher News Archive from SmackDown.
BRIGHAM CITY – A change in zoning to allow a taxidermy shop, animal clinic and small butcher shop along US 89 in South Willard has been approved.

In science:

For this reason, it is interesting to ask whether optically and X-ray selected samples of clusters reach similar conclusions regarding the Butcher-Oemler effect [2, 3].
Color, spectral and morphological transformations of galaxies in clusters
Based on the CNOC (Canadian Network for Observational Cosmology) X-ray-selected cluster sample, an evolution of the blue fraction with redshift, very similar to the original Butcher-Oemler result, has been confirmed [4, 5].
Color, spectral and morphological transformations of galaxies in clusters
Butcher-Oemler effect, together with the evolution of the average star formation rate in the field galaxies and the decline of star formation in cluster galaxies [5, 4].
Color, spectral and morphological transformations of galaxies in clusters
The Butcher-Oemler effect and the fact that the galaxy populations in clusters evolve significantly during the last Gyrs are confirmed by the spectroscopic and morphological studies described below.
Color, spectral and morphological transformations of galaxies in clusters
This is possibly related to the fact that when star formation is halted in blue Butcher-Oemler galaxies they evolve becoming redder and fainter, going to populate the red sequence at magnitudes fainter than the top brightest 1 or 2 magnitudes.
Color, spectral and morphological transformations of galaxies in clusters