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[dawg-eet-dawg, dog-eet-dog] /ˈdɔg itˈdɔg, ˈdɒg itˈdɒg/
marked by destructive or ruthless competition; without self-restraint, ethics, etc.:
It's a dog-eat-dog industry.
complete egotism; action based on utter cynicism:
The only rule of the marketplace was dog-eat-dog.
Origin of dog-eat-dog
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If we eventually lick the Kradens, one of the very reasons will be because we're a dog-eat-dog society.

    Medal of Honor Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • I cannot live by the dog-eat-dog code that seems to prevail wherever folk get jammed together in an unwieldy social mass.

    North of Fifty-Three

    Bertrand W. Sinclair
dog-eat-dog in Culture

dog-eat-dog definition

Ruthlessly competitive: “You have to look out for your own interests; it's a dog-eat-dog world.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for dog-eat-dog



Ruthlessly competitive and often cruel: dog-eat-dog world of New York City (1850s+)

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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