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cutthroat

noun cut·throat \ ˈkət-ˌthrōt \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of cutthroat

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

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First Known Use of cutthroat

1535


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cutthroat

adjective

Definition of cutthroat

2 : marked by unprincipled practices : ruthless
  • cutthroat competition
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

Recent Examples of cutthroat from the Web

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First Known Use of cutthroat

1565


CUTTHROAT Defined for English Language Learners

cutthroat

adjective

Definition of cutthroat for English Language Learners

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



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