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cutthroat

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noun cut·throat \ˈkət-ˌthrōt\

Definition of cutthroat

  1. 1 :  killer, murderer

  2. 2 :  a cruel unprincipled person



Examples of cutthroat in a sentence

  1. <while traveling the ancient Silk Road, traders were constant prey to cutthroats and thieves>



1535

First Known Use of cutthroat

1535


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cutthroat

adjective cut·throat

Simple Definition of cutthroat

  • —used to describe a situation in which people compete with each other in an unpleasant and often cruel and unfair way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cutthroat

  1. 1 :  murderous, cruel

  2. 2 :  marked by unprincipled practices :  ruthless <cutthroat competition>

  3. 3 :  characterized by each player playing independently rather than having a permanent partner —used especially of partnership games adapted for three players <cutthroat bridge>

Examples of cutthroat in a sentence

  1. <cutthroat business practices intended to drive competitors out of business>



1565

First Known Use of cutthroat

1565



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