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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.
Contemporary Examples

America Doesn’t Need a Big Army Any More Bill Sweetman March 9, 2014
Should Animal Sacrifice End? David Frum October 25, 2012

Historical Examples

Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
Robert Orange John Oliver Hobbes
The Mystery and Romance of Alchemy and Pharmacy Charles John Samuel Thompson
English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
Victory Lester del Rey
Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
In Search of Mademoiselle George Gibbs
Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini

the therapeutic removal of blood, as in relieving congestive heart failure See also phlebotomy
bloodshed, esp in a blood feud
blood’let’ter n.


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