cutthroat

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noun

cut·​throat ˈkət-ˌthrōt How to pronounce cutthroat (audio)
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: a cruel unprincipled person

cutthroat

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adjective

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: 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

Noun while traveling the ancient Silk Road, traders were constant prey to cutthroats and thieves Adjective cutthroat business practices intended to drive competitors out of business
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On Dance Moms, Jessalyn leaned into the role of cutthroat stage mother — bleaching her daughter’s hair, crafting her trademark handmade bows, and often getting into intense confrontations with dance instructor Abby Lee Miller. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2024 This is not an opportunity to pit employees against each other in a cutthroat competition. Monika Mueller, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Idaho rainbow, brown and cutthroat varieties typically max out at about a decade. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 11 Feb. 2024 Given ransomware's cutthroat evolution, 2022's dip in total payments now seems to represent a rare aberration. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 Young Chinese are flocking to the picturesque mountain town of Dali to escape the cutthroat competition and suffocating political environment of the country’s megacities. Gilles Sabrié Vivian Wang, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 Capricorn December 22 – January 19 Ambition can become cutthroat at any moment. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 The coming wave of Chinese EVs in America Last year in China, BYD launched the Seagull, an EV with a cutthroat price of about $11,000. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2024 Throughout the spring and summer months, cutthroat will eagerly take flies ranging from caddis, mayfly and stonefly imitations to terrestrials like ants, grasshoppers and woolly worms. Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Elite sport is unapologetically cutthroat, inherently Darwinian. Rory Smith, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 With classic fashion sense mixed with progressive performance spirit, Hall made taking the title in a notoriously cutthroat competition look easy with her signature comedic chops, unique runways, and commitment to representing—and honoring—Black excellence across the board. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 5 Dec. 2023 Matt, your character is so cutthroat, but obviously there’s sympathy for him, as well. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Dec. 2023 Though the real estate market will be cutthroat, there are some small things prospective buyers can do to stand out against the competition. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 27 Dec. 2023 Since virtually everyone has one these days, the days of huge growth are over, and competition between the large carriers can be cutthroat. Chris Taylor, wsj.com, 17 Dec. 2023 Her masterful control of technique and tone behind the camera elevates the conflict between Emily and Luke to something unexpectedly universal, even though the film’s narrative context — the cutthroat world of finance — feels viscerally specific. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 17 Nov. 2023 When Emily is rightly awarded the promotion at One Crest Capital, a cutthroat New York City hedge fund run by Campbell (Eddie Marsan), Luke goes through all the stages of the bruised male ego: surprise, resentment, disparagement, and retaliation. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 8 Oct. 2023 Harry’s internalized all sorts of ideas about the cutthroat nature of business and has a naked desire to leave behind his Jewish Bronx origins and assimilate into gentile Manhattan, even picking up a showgirl lover along the way. Jackson McHenry, Vulture, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutthroat was in 1535

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“Cutthroat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cutthroat. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

cutthroat

1 of 2 noun
cut·​throat ˈkət-ˌthrōt How to pronounce cutthroat (audio)
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: a person likely to cut someone's throat
2
: a cruel person with no scruples

cutthroat

2 of 2 adjective
: ruthless
cutthroat competition

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