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 for butcher
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Butcher \Butch"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Butchered; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Butchering.]
     1. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market;
        as, to butcher hogs.
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     2. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or
        barbarous manner. --Macaulay.
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              [Ithocles] was murdered, rather butchered. --Ford.
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     3. to bungle badly; to botch; -- used also when an object is
        damaged (literally or figuratively) in an activity; as,
        the new choir butchered the hymn.
  
     Syn: mangle. [PJC] butcher-bird
          butcher bird

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Butcher \Butch"er\ (b[.u]ch"[~e]r), n. [OE. bochere, bochier,
     OF. bochier, F. boucher, orig., slaughterer of buck goats,
     fr. OF. boc, F. bouc, a buck goat; of German or Celtic
     origin. See Buck the animal.]
     1. One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for
        market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for
        food.
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     2. A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with
        unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as
        in battle. "Butcher of an innocent child." --Shak.
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     Butcher's meat, such flesh of animals slaughtered for food
        as is sold for that purpose by butchers, as beef, mutton,
        lamb, and pork.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  butcher
      n 1: a retailer of meat [syn: butcher, meatman]
      2: a brutal indiscriminate murderer
      3: a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market [syn:
         butcher, slaughterer]
      4: someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence [syn:
         bungler, blunderer, fumbler, bumbler, stumbler,
         sad sack, botcher, butcher, fuckup]
      v 1: kill (animals) usually for food consumption; "They
           slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter" [syn:
           butcher, slaughter]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  215 Moby Thesaurus words for "butcher":
     Cain, amputate, annihilate, annihilator, apache, assassin,
     assassinator, assault, attack, ax, baggage man, bakehead, baker,
     barbarize, batter, be all thumbs, bisect, bloodletter,
     bloodshedder, blunder, blunder away, blunder into, blunder on,
     blunder upon, boggle, bollix up, bookdealer, bookseller, botch,
     brakeman, brakie, bravo, brutalize, bumble, bungle, bungler,
     burker, burn, button man, cannibal, carry on, carve, chandler,
     chop, cleave, clothing merchant, commit a gaffe, commit carnage,
     commit genocide, commit mass murder, conductor, confectioner, cut,
     cut away, cut in two, cut off, cutthroat, decimate, depopulate,
     desperado, destroy, destroyer, dichotomize, disembowel, dismember,
     dispatcher, dissever, draper, drysalter, eradicator, excise,
     executioner, exterminate, exterminator, faux pas, fireman,
     fishmonger, fishwife, fissure, florist, flounder, footplate man,
     footwear merchant, foul up, fruiterer, fuck up, fumble, furnisher,
     furrier, garroter, gash, go on, gorilla, greengrocer, grocer,
     groceryman, guard, gun, gunman, gunsel, haberdasher, hack, halve,
     hammer, hardwareman, hatchet man, head-hunter, hew, hit man,
     homicidal maniac, homicide, incise, ironmonger, jeweler, jigsaw,
     kill, killer, lance, lay waste, lineman, liquidate,
     liquor merchant, loot, louse up, lumber, man-eater, man-killer,
     manslayer, mar, massacre, massacrer, matador, maul, mess up,
     miscue, muddle, muff, mug, murder, murder wholesale, murderer,
     newsdealer, pare, perfumer, pesticide, pillage, play havoc with,
     poison, poisoner, porter, poulterer, prune, rage, railroad man,
     railroader, ramp, rampage, rant, rape, rave, redcap, rend, riot,
     ripper, rive, roar, ruin, sack, saddler, savage, saw, scissor,
     screw up, sever, slash, slaughter, slaughterer, slay,
     slay en masse, slayer, slice, slip, slit, smoke agent, snip,
     sow chaos, split, spoil, stationer, stationmaster, stoker, storm,
     strangler, stumble, sunder, switchman, tear, tear around,
     terrorize, thug, tobacconist, torpedo, trainboy, trainman,
     trainmaster, trigger man, trip, vandalize, vintner, violate,
     whittle, wine merchant, wreck, yardman, yardmaster
  
  

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