blood·bath also blood bath (blŭdbăth′, -bäth′)
1. A massacre or other incident characterized by savage, indiscriminate killing.
2. A competition in which one side is defeated by a very large margin: “This election was a bloodbath for the Democrats” (Julian Zelizer).
3. A situation, such as a stock market crash, in which many investors suffer great losses: “The tech boom stalled and Wall Street took a bloodbath” (Bob Knight and Bob Hammel).
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