- 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).
- the forward edge of the opening in the vamp of a shoe.
- Automotive. barrel(def 14).
- 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
Examples from the Web for cut-throat
She holds a PhD in English and worked her way through the cut-throat art world.How to Fight Like a Girl
August 19, 2009
Faithful to their cut-throat trade, I made no doubt he meant.The Shame of Motley
The town looks on him as a cut-throat who has narrowly escaped the gallows.The Lion's Skin
Mr. Zachary Smith resisted the blandishments of “cut-throat” euchre.The Hound From The North
I've thought of nothing but you since the day I saw you with that cut-throat.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
"I believe you," he muttered, looking steadily at the cut-throat.Operas Every Child Should Know
Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
- a person who cuts throats; murderer
- Also called: cut-throat razor British a razor with a long blade that usually folds into the handleUS name: straight razor
- bloodthirsty or murderous; cruel
- fierce or relentless in competitioncut-throat prices
- (of some games) played by three peoplecut-throat poker
- that part of the alimentary and respiratory tracts extending from the back of the mouth (nasopharynx) to just below the larynx
- the front part of the neck
- something resembling a throat, esp in shape or functionthe throat of a chimney
- botany the gaping part of a tubular corolla or perianth
- informal a sore throat
- cut one's throat or 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 (def. 24)
- ram something down someone's throat or force something down someone's throat to insist that someone listen to or accept (something)he rammed his own opinions down my throat
- stick in one's throat or stick in one's craw informal to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
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.
- The portion of the digestive tract that lies between the rear of the mouth and the esophagus and includes the fauces and the pharynx.
- The anterior portion of the neck.
Idioms and Phrases with cut-throat
see at each other's throats; cut someone's throat; frog in one's throat; jump down someone's throat; lump in one's throat; ram (shove) down someone's throat; stick in one's craw (throat).