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dog-eat-dog

[dawg-eet-dawg, dog-eet-dog]
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adjective
  1. marked by destructive or ruthless competition; without self-restraint, ethics, etc.: It's a dog-eat-dog industry.
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noun
  1. complete egotism; action based on utter cynicism: The only rule of the marketplace was dog-eat-dog.
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Origin of dog-eat-dog

First recorded in 1930–35
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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

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

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