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b luhdle ting

  • n  formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)
  • n  indiscriminate slaughter
    ten days after the bloodletting Hitler gave the action its name

  • Observers believe the only way for the authorities to avoid further bloodletting will be via firm action to prevent the organization of mobs.
  • Don Listwin remembers the day in November 2000 when his company's bloodletting went from metaphor to messy reality.
  • It was founded by Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician who was horrified by such standard therapies of his day as bloodletting, purging and blistering.
News & Articles

  • Mets demote Ike, 2 others as Fish stench fills up Citi
    It was a day of absolute ugliness at Citi Field, and it ended with an organizational bloodletting. After the Mets dropped their second straight game to the atrocious Marlins — this one an 8-4, 10-inning disaster — manager Terry Collins delivered a stern postgame message to his team and general manager Sandy...
    June 10, 2013 - New York Post
  • Japan Is Rallying After The Jobs Report
    Bloodletting ceases.
    June 7, 2013 - Business Insider via Yahoo! Finance
  • Attleboro ready to spend almost $1 million for police, fire equipment upgrades
    ATTLEBORO - With the horrific bloodletting of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings still fresh in his mind, Police Chief Kyle Heagney asked the mayor earlier this spring to buy special body armour and helmets in case city police are ever confronted with a maniac shooting and killing at will.
    June 7, 2013 - The Sun Chronicle

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