• noun 1 a person who cuts up and sells meat as a trade.
2 a person who slaughters animals for food.
— PHRASES have (or take) a butcher’s Brit. informal have a look.
butcher’s from butcher’s hook, rhyming slang for a look.
— DERIVATIVES butchery noun.
— ORIGIN Old French bochier, from boc ‘he-goat’.
Again (have/having a)butcher's is a fairly common term in London and is used regularly in police shows and soap operas, usually as an indicator to the character's origins. I'm sure it's not a word used by the Royal Family!
I had a request by email for some further info on 'cockney rhyming slang' and it's origins. So, courtesy of Peevish.co.uk:
( Want to know about rhyming slang ... have a butcher's at this!Collapse )