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Topic: OCCUPATIONS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: bouchier, from bouc 'male goat'

butcher

1 noun
     
butcher
butch‧er1 S3 [countable]
1BODF someone who owns or works in a shop that sells meat
2

the butcher's

a shop where you can buy meat
3 someone who has killed someone else cruelly and unnecessarily, especially someone who has killed a lot of people
4

have/take a butcher's

British English spoken informal to have a look at something
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