dog-eat-dog

dog-eat-dog

[dawg-eet-dawg, dog-eet-dog]
adjective
1.
marked by destructive or ruthless competition; without self-restraint, ethics, etc.: It's a dog-eat-dog industry.
noun
2.
complete egotism; action based on utter cynicism: The only rule of the marketplace was dog-eat-dog.

Origin:
1930–35

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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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang Dictionary

dog-eat-dog definition


  1. mod.
    cruel; highly competitive. : This is a dog-eat-dog world.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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