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[dawg-eet-dawg, dog-eet-dog] /ˈdɔg itˈdɔg, ˈdɒg itˈdɒg/
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
1930-35 Unabridged
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dog-eat-dog definition

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for dog eat dog



Ruthlessly competitive and often cruel: dog-eat-dog world of New York City (1850s+)

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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Idioms and Phrases with dog eat dog

dog eat dog

Ruthless acquisition or competition, as in With shrinking markets, it's dog eat dog for every company in this field. This contradicts a Latin proverb which maintains that dog does not eat dog, first recorded in English in 1543. Nevertheless, by 1732 it was put as “Dogs are hard drove when they eat dogs” (Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia).
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