noun Anatomy, Zoology.
verb (used with object)
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.
Faithful to their cut-throat trade, I made no doubt he meant.The Shame of Motley|Raphael Sabatini
He hired that cut-throat to take us to this place without saying a word to us about the business.
Don't you think I want some one I can trust in this cut-throat game?Making Money|Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for cut-throat (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cut-throat (2 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin for throat
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.
Medicine definitions for cut-throat
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).