One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a butcher's shop’
meat seller, meat merchant, meat trader
Scottish archaic flesher
2‘a callous butcher of men’
murderer, mass murderer, slaughterer, killer, assassin, serial killer, homicidal maniac, destroyer, terminator, liquidator
dated cut-throat, homicide
1‘the goat was then butchered and skinned’
slaughter, cut up, carve up, slice up, joint, prepare, dress
2‘they rounded up and butchered 150 people’
massacre, murder, slaughter, kill, put to death, dispatch, dispose of, destroy, exterminate, liquidate, eliminate, terminate, assassinate, put to the sword, cut down, cut to pieces
3‘the film was butchered by the studio’
spoil, ruin, mar, mutilate, mangle, cut about, mess up, make a mess of, wreck
informal murder, make a hash of, muck up, screw up, louse up
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