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have a butcher's

To look at something. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "butcher's hook" rhymes with "look." Primarily heard in UK. Come, have a butcher's at this—does it look infected to you?
See also: have

take a butcher's

To look at something. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "butcher's hook" rhymes with "look." Primarily heard in UK. Come, take a butcher's at this—does it look infected to you?
See also: take

the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker

People of all ethnicities, professions, and socioeconomic classes. The aim of our program is to draw in and appeal to people from all walks of life—the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker, as the rhyme goes.

wood butcher

slang A carpenter or woodworker, especially someone who is inexperienced or unskilled. I'd had a bit of training from my dad, so the company appointed me as their go-to wood butcher whenever they needed something slapped together real quick. Make sure you hire someone who knows what they're doing. I don't want some wood butcher building our new patio!
See also: butcher, wood

the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker

people of all kinds.
This phrase comes from the traditional nursery rhyme Rub-dub-dub, Three men in a tub .

have a butcher's

have a look. British informal
Butcher's comes here from butcher's hook , rhyming slang for ‘look’.
See also: have

have/take a ˈbutcher’s

(British English, slang) have a look at something: Come over here and have a butcher’s at this!This phrase comes from rhyming slang, in which butcher’s hook stands for ‘look’.
See also: have, take

wood butcher

n. a carpenter. See if you can get a wood butcher to fix this broken panel.
See also: butcher, wood
References in classic literature ?
So saying he donned the butcher's blouse and apron, and, climbing into the cart, drove merrily down the road to the town.
Another said, "He is a thief who has murdered a butcher, and stolen his horse and meat."
'Accurst of his heart," said jolly Robin, "That a butcher will deny.
That is why I have turned butcher. But I know not the trade, and would gladly sell the whole herd, an I could find a buyer."
Was there ever such an idiot butcher? thought the Sheriff; and he so far forgot his dignity as to nudge the Bishop in his fat ribs.
"A lass and a butcher of Nottingham Agreed 'twixt them for to wed.
"With a hey and a ho And a hey nonny no, A butcher of Nottingham!"
Now, I would fain be a butcher for the day and sell my meat in Nottingham Town.
"Now may the blessings of all the saints fall on thine honest head!" cried the Butcher right joyfully, as he leaped down from his cart and took the purse that Robin held out to him.
Now get thee gone back to thy lass, and give her a sweet kiss from me." So saying, he donned the Butcher's apron, and, climbing into the cart, he took the reins in his hand and drove off through the forest to Nottingham Town.
Three pennyworths of meat I sell to a fat friar or priest for sixpence, for I want not their custom; stout aldermen I charge threepence, for it doth not matter to me whether they buy or not; to buxom dames I sell three pennyworths of meat for one penny for I like their custom well; but to the bonny lass that hath a liking for a good tight butcher I charge nought but one fair kiss, for I like her custom the best of all."
Thus he sold his meat so fast that no butcher that stood near him could sell anything.
"Now, beshrew his heart," quoth jolly Robin, "that would deny a butcher. And, moreover, I will go dine with you all, my sweet lads, and that as fast as I can hie." Whereupon, having sold all his meat, he closed his stall and went with them to the great Guild Hall.
Then the Sheriff called Robin to him, not knowing him in his butcher's dress, and made him sit close to him on his right hand; for he loved a rich young prodigal--especially when he thought that he might lighten that prodigal's pockets into his own most worshipful purse.
So let no man draw up his lip, nor thrust his forefinger into his purse, for I swear that neither butcher nor Sheriff shall pay one penny for this feast."