cut-throat

cutthroat

[kuht-throht]
noun
1.
a person who cuts, throats; murderer.
adjective
3.
ruthless: cutthroat competition.
4.
pertaining to a game, as of cards, in which each of three or more persons acts and scores as an individual.

Origin:
1525–35; cut + throat

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cut-throat
 
n
1.  a person who cuts throats; murderer
2.  (Brit) Also called: cut-throat razor, US name: straight razor a razor with a long blade that usually folds into the handle
 
adj
3.  bloodthirsty or murderous; cruel
4.  fierce or relentless in competition: cut-throat prices
5.  (of some games) played by three people: cut-throat poker

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cutthroat
1530s, from cut (v.) + throat. Of card games, from 1823.
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