cutthroat

[ kuht-throht ]
/ ˈkʌtˌθroʊt /
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noun

a person who cuts the throat of another; a murderer.

adjective

ruthless: cutthroat competition.
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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British Dictionary definitions for cutthroat

cut-throat

noun

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

adjective

bloodthirsty or murderous; cruel
fierce or relentless in competitioncut-throat prices
(of some games) played by three peoplecut-throat poker
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