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cutthroat

[kuht-throht] /ˈkʌtˌθroʊt/
noun
1.
a person who cuts the throat of another; a murderer.
adjective
2.
3.
ruthless:
cutthroat competition.
4.
pertaining to a game, as of cards, in which each of three or more persons acts and scores as an individual.
Origin of cutthroat
1525-1535
1525-35; cut + throat
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cutthroat

n.

1530s, from cut (v.) + throat (n.). As an adjective from 1560s. Of card games from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cut throats

verb phrase

To lower corporate costs by reducing the number of employees; downsize: new philosophy: cutting throats is the best way of cutting costs (1990s+)

cutthroat

adjective

Very harsh and barbarous: a cutthroat game/ cutthroat competition (1567+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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