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cutthroat

[kuht-throht] /ˈkʌtˌθroʊt/
noun
1.
a person who cuts, throats; murderer.
adjective
2.
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
1525-1535
1525-35; cut + throat
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British Dictionary definitions for cut-throat

cut-throat

noun
1.
a person who cuts throats; murderer
2.
(Brit) Also called cut-throat razor. a razor with a long blade that usually folds into the handle US name straight razor
adjective
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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Word Origin and History for cut-throat

cutthroat

n.

1530s, from cut (v.) + throat (n.). As an adjective from 1560s. Of card games from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for cut-throat

cutthroat

adjective

Very harsh and barbarous: a cutthroat game/ cutthroat competition (1567+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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