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bloodletting

noun
     
Related topics: Employment, Hospital, History
blood‧let‧ting [uncountable]
1 killing people [= bloodshed]:
The movie contains scenes of violence and bloodletting.
2SHMH a medical treatment used in the past which involved removing some of a person's blood
3BE a reduction in the number of people working for an organization, industry etc:
Many jobs have been lost, and the bloodletting isn't over yet.

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