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[throht] /θroʊt/
noun, Anatomy, Zoology.
the passage from the mouth to the stomach or to the lungs, including the pharynx, esophagus, larynx, and trachea.
some analogous or similar narrowed part or passage.
the front of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone.
the narrow opening between a fireplace and its flue or smoke chamber, often closed by a damper.
Nautical, Machinery. swallow1 (def 13).
  1. Also called nock. the forward upper corner of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail.
  2. jaw1 (def 5).
the forward edge of the opening in the vamp of a shoe.
Automotive. barrel (def 14).
verb (used with object)
to make a throat in; provide with a throat.
to utter or express from or as from the throat; utter throatily.
cut one's own throat, to bring about one's own ruin:
He cut his own throat by being nasty to the boss.
jump down someone's throat, Informal. to disagree with, criticize, or scold overhastily:
Wait and let me finish before you jump down my throat.
lump in one's throat, a tight or uncomfortable feeling in the throat, as a reaction to an emotion:
The sight of the infant brought a lump to her throat.
ram / force something down someone's throat, Informal. to force someone to agree to or accept (something).
stick in one's throat, to be difficult of expression; cause to hesitate:
The words of sympathy stuck in her throat.
Origin of throat
before 900; Middle English throte, Old English throte, throta, throtu; akin to Old High German drozza throat, Old Norse throti swelling. See throttle Unabridged
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  • It was cut-throat all the way througha policy that made for the rottenness of trade.

    The Wayfarers Mary Stewart Cutting
  • Faithful to their cut-throat trade, I made no doubt he meant.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • A Tacomah spoon is deadly for cut-throat trout, but I preferred the fly.

  • The town looks on him as a cut-throat who has narrowly escaped the gallows.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • If you want a 'drink' the well-mannered 'cut-throat' who serves you will give you a mighty mug of ginger-ale or sarsaparilla.

    Fifth Avenue Arthur Bartlett Maurice
  • Mr. Zachary Smith resisted the blandishments of “cut-throat” euchre.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Paolo Orsini advanced upon Cagli the same day, in order to keep the cut-throat Michelotto in check.

  • "That's all right—but you pay my money first," the cut-throat insisted.

    Operas Every Child Should Know Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
  • Combination is immeasurably more profitable than cut-throat competition.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for cut-throat


a person who cuts throats; murderer
(Brit) Also called cut-throat razor. a razor with a long blade that usually folds into the handle US name straight razor
bloodthirsty or murderous; cruel
fierce or relentless in competition: cut-throat prices
(of some games) played by three people: cut-throat poker


  1. that part of the alimentary and respiratory tracts extending from the back of the mouth (nasopharynx) to just below the larynx
  2. the front part of the neck
something resembling a throat, esp in shape or function: the throat of a chimney
(botany) the gaping part of a tubular corolla or perianth
(informal) a sore throat
cut one's throat, cut one's own throat, to bring about one's own ruin
have by the throat, to have compete control over (a person or thing)
jump down someone's throat, See jump (sense 24)
ram something down someone's throat, force something down someone's throat, to insist that someone listen to or accept (something): he rammed his own opinions down my throat
(informal) stick in one's throat, stick in one's craw, to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
adjectives gular guttural jugular laryngeal
Word Origin
Old English throtu; related to Old High German drozza throat, Old Norse throti swelling
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Word Origin and History for cut-throat



Old English þrote (implied in þrotbolla "the Adam's apple, larynx," literally "throat boll"), related to þrutian "to swell," from Proto-Germanic *thrut- (cf. Old High German drozza, German Drossel, Old Saxon strota, Middle Dutch strote, Dutch strot "throat"), perhaps from PIE *trud- (cf. Old English þrutian "to swell," Old Norse þrutna "to swell").

The notion is of "the swollen part" of the neck. Italian strozza "throat," strozzare "to strangle" are Germanic loan-words. College slang for "competitive student" is 1970s, from cutthroat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cut-throat in Medicine

throat (thrōt)

  1. The portion of the digestive tract that lies between the rear of the mouth and the esophagus and includes the fauces and the pharynx.

  2. The anterior portion of the neck.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cut-throat



A very intense and competitive student, esp a premedical student: throat, a person who is over-competitive about grades

Related Terms

cut one's own throat, jump down someone's throat

[1970s+ College students; fr cutthroat]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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