- marked by destructive or ruthless competition; without self-restraint, ethics, etc.: It's a dog-eat-dog industry.
- complete egotism; action based on utter cynicism: The only rule of the marketplace was dog-eat-dog.
Origin of dog-eat-dog
First recorded in 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for dog-eat-dog
The cannibalism is, in typical Sondheim fashion, a cheeky metaphor for the dog-eat-dog capitalism of the day.12 Craziest Pie Scenes
November 21, 2011
His plays have typically been dog-eat-dog affairs; it makes sense that he views politics as trench warfare.David Mamet's Right Turn
May 28, 2011
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
Ruthlessly competitive: “You have to look out for your own interests; it's a dog-eat-dog world.”
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