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bloodletting

[bluhd-let-ing]
noun
1.
the act or practice of letting blood by opening a vein; phlebotomy.
2.
bloodshed or slaughter.
4.
Informal. severe cutbacks or reduction in personnel, appropriations, etc.: The company went through a period of bloodletting in the 1970s.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English blod letunge. See blood, let1, -ing1

bloodletter, noun
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bloodletting
early 13c., blod letunge, from blood + let. Hyphenated from 17c., one word from mid-19c.
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bloodletting blood·let·ting (blŭd'lět'ĭng)
n.
The theropeutic removal of blood, usually from a vein.


blood'let'ter n.
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