butcher

The person whose job it is to cut up and sell meat is called a butcher. Your grandmother might go to the butcher once a week to buy pork chops.

A butcher is an expert at preparing cuts of meat and poultry in a butcher shop or the meat section of a supermarket. You can also call a person whose job is slaughtering farm animals a butcher. Because this is a fairly bloody, gory occupation, the word is also used to mean a cruel, ruthless murderer. And when you really mess something up, you can also be said to butcher it — like the way you butchered that poem when you tried to recite it from memory.

Definitions of butcher
  1. noun
    a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
    synonyms: slaughterer
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    types:
    knacker
    someone who buys up old horses for slaughter
    type of:
    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
  2. noun
    a retailer of meat
    synonyms: meatman
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    types:
    pork butcher
    a vendor of pork and products made from pork
    type of:
    merchandiser, merchant
    a businessperson engaged in retail trade
  3. verb
    kill (animals) usually for food consumption
    synonyms: slaughter
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    types:
    chine
    cut through the backbone of an animal
    type of:
    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
  4. verb
    make a mess of, destroy or ruin
  5. noun
    someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
    synonyms: blunderer, botcher, bumbler, bungler, fumbler, sad sack, stumbler
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    type of:
    incompetent, incompetent person
    someone who is not competent to take effective action
  6. noun
    a brutal indiscriminate murderer
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    type of:
    liquidator, manslayer, murderer
    a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)
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