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bloodbath

or blood bath

[bluhd-bath, -bahth] /ˈblʌdˌbæθ, -ˌbɑθ/
noun, plural bloodbaths
[bluhd-bath z, -bahth z, -baths, -bahths] /ˈblʌdˌbæðz, -ˌbɑðz, -ˌbæθs, -ˌbɑθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a ruthless slaughter of a great number of people; massacre.
2.
Informal. a period of disastrous loss or reversal:
A few mutual funds performed well in the general bloodbath of the stock market.
3.
a widespread dismissal or purge, as of employees.
Origin of bloodbath
1865-1870
1865-70; blood + bath1
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  • But that it will be achieved through progressive taxation rather than through a bloodbath is not a foregone conclusion.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Shallow programming dominates as long as the bloodbath proceeds.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Gustavus Vasa was a young fellow there, who dexterously escaped this bloodbath, and afterwards came to something.

  • This first European bloodbath provoked all of Albania's neighbours into an uncontrolled binge of invasions.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Jake rumbled, "There's going to be a bloodbath there before it's over."

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds

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