1) N-UNCOUNT Blood-letting is violence or killing between groups of people, especially between rival armies.

Once again there's been ferocious blood-letting in the township.

2) N-UNCOUNT Journalists sometimes refer to a bitter quarrel between two groups of people from within the same organization as blood-letting.

His comment came as the blood-letting in Conservative ranks over their Eastbourne defeat continued.

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