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dog-eat-dog

[dawg-eet-dawg, dog-eet-dog] /ˈdɔg itˈdɔg, ˈdɒg itˈdɒg/
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
1930-1935
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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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dog-eat-dog

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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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