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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BUTCHER

The retailer is the grocer, the butcher, or the green grocer.

My hands weighed two pounds each, and ought to have been at the butcher's.

"Good-night," he said, with an insolence far too fine for the butcher's comprehension.

It is meet that the same hand that slew my dear master should butcher me also!

But the butcher had a sentiment for his business, and knew how to refine upon it.

What a display of viscera, muscles and blood suggestive of a butcher's shop!

Then he remembered that on the 9th he had to receive payment from the butcher for his oxen.

It was done, and the butcher went away in triumph with his money.

The butcher relinquished his hold on the bar and moved across to the window.

“Good fer you, good fer you,” cried the butcher, and subsided with a loud guffaw.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Anglo-French boucher, from Old French bochier "butcher, executioner" (12c., Modern French boucher), probably literally "slaughterer of goats," from bouc "male goat," from Frankish *bukk or some other Germanic source (see buck (n.1)) or Celtic *bukkos "he-goat." Figurative sense of "brutal murderer" is attested from 1520s. Butcher-knife attested from 18c. Related: Butcherly.

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