butcher - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    someone whose job is to sell meat and sometimes also to kill animals for meat. The shop they work in is called a butcher’s or a butcher’s shop.
  2. 2
    someone who has killed someone, often a lot of people, in a cruel and violent way
Word story
From butcher’s hook, rhyming slang for ‘look’.