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noun bloodletting pronunciation in British English /ˈblʌdˌletɪŋ/
  1. 2
    [singular/uncountable] a situation in which someone in an organization or company is criticized or forced to leave their job in an unpleasant way

    Hartley claimed he was the victim of political bloodletting.

  2. 3
    [uncountable] a medical treatment used in the past in which blood was taken from people who were ill


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