- 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.
Origin of bloodletting
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Examples from the Web for bloodletting
The bloodletting in Syria has unfolded with deliberate relentlessness.A New Start To U.S. Policy In Syria Can Save Lives
February 17, 2014
So the question is, can Lebanon survive the "Lebanonization" of Syria without another abominable round of bloodletting?Is Syria Being 'Lebanized' or is Lebanon Being 'Syrianized'?
August 29, 2013
As bloodletting continues and criminals take advantage of the political chaos, ordinary Egyptians are arming themselves.Egypt’s Arms Race
August 23, 2013
He shrugged, “I did not expect it to go on this long,” he said of the bloodletting that had cost 100,000 lives.In Syria, Europe & Boston, the Past Is Never Finished
May 11, 2013
Meantime, Syrians still drown in bloodletting, chaos, and refugees, while the Assad side weakens only by endless inches.How to Save Syria From al Qaeda
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February 24, 2013
This fever will cure him, they say it sobers like bloodletting.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
Quarrels were frequent enough; bloodletting was a common occupation.With Wellington in Spain
F. S. Brereton
"Bloodletting, A little more," the letter recommending, 249.
Bloodletting is supererogatory anyway, and serves merely to whet the appetite.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
Calomel and bloodletting, for example, were two of the principal ones.Criminal Psychology
- The therapeutic removal of blood, usually from a vein.
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