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cutthroat

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

First recorded in 1525–35; cut + throat
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Word Origin and History for cut throats

cutthroat

n.

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

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