[ bluhd-let-ing ]
/ ˈblʌdˌlɛt ɪŋ /
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the act or practice of letting blood by opening a vein; phlebotomy.
bloodshed or slaughter.
Informal. severe cutbacks or reduction in personnel, appropriations, etc.: The company went through a period of bloodletting in the 1970s.
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Origin of bloodletting
OTHER WORDS FROM bloodlettingbloodletter, noun
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How to use bloodletting in a sentence
It is surely preferable to blood-letting in the guise of ideologically-guided nation-building.America Doesn’t Need a Big Army Any More|Bill Sweetman|March 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact the Abrahamic sacrifice had nothing to do with the physical act of blood-letting.Should Animal Sacrifice End?|David Frum|October 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The only known blood letting between future Nobel Prize winners.Mario Vargas Llosa's True Genius|Allen Barra|May 31, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Louis the Goon seemed to have a blind genius for getting on the scene when some blood-letting was due.
At the present time Sheppy lacks something of his customary steam owing to a rather serious blood-letting.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
The blood-letting was a sorely needed medicine to her choked veins.The Watchers of the Trails|Charles G. D. Roberts
Without a little blood-letting this Union will not, in my estimation, be worth a rush.A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention|Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The most usual resort in these cases of obstinate rigidity is blood-letting.
British Dictionary definitions for bloodletting
/ (ˈblʌdˌlɛtɪŋ) /
the therapeutic removal of blood, as in relieving congestive heart failureSee also phlebotomy
bloodshed, esp in a blood feud
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