cutthroat
I. noun Date: 1535 1. killer, murderer 2. a cruel unprincipled person II. adjective Date: 1565 1. murderous, cruel 2. marked by unprincipled practices ; ruthless <
cutthroat competition
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3. characterized by each player playing independently rather than having a permanent partner — used especially of partnership games adapted for three players <
cutthroat bridge
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Cutthroat — Cut throat , a. 1. Murderous; cruel; barbarous. [1913 Webster] 2. Ruthless; conducted without restraint; as, cutthroat competition. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cutthroat — Cut throat (k[u^]t thr[=o]t ), n. One who cuts throats; a murderer; an assassin. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cutthroat — 1530s (n.); 1560s (adj.), from CUT (Cf. cut) (v.) + THROAT (Cf. throat). Of card games, from 1823 …   Etymology dictionary

  • cutthroat — *assassin, gunman, bravo …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cutthroat — [adj] ruthless barbarous, bloodthirsty, cruel, dog eat dog*, ferocious, hard as nails*, merciless, pitiless, relentless, savage, unprincipled, vicious; concepts 401,404 …   New thesaurus

  • cutthroat — [kut′thrōt΄] n. a person who cuts throats; murderer adj. 1. murderous 2. merciless; ruthless ☆ 3. played by persons competing as individuals rather than with partners, as some forms of bridge or pinochle …   English World dictionary

  • cutthroat — I UK [ˈkʌtˌθrəʊt] / US [ˈkʌtˌθroʊt] adjective [usually before noun] a cutthroat activity or situation is one in which people behave in an unfair or immoral way in order to get an advantage over other people II UK [ˈkʌtˌθrəʊt] / US [ˈkʌtˌθroʊt]… …   English dictionary

  • cutthroat — 1. noun a) A murderer who slits the throats of his victims. b) An unscrupulous, ruthless or unethical person. 2. adjective a) Involving the …   Wiktionary

  • cutthroat — cut|throat1 [ kʌt,θrout ] adjective usually before noun a cutthroat activity or situation is one in which people behave in an unfair or immoral way in order to get an advantage over other people cutthroat cut|throat 2 [ kʌt,θrout ] noun count an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cutthroat — 1 adjective (only before noun) a cutthroat activity involves people who are all trying to get the same thing, often behaving badly or unfairly to each other: Cutthroat competition led to a lot of bankruptcies and mergers. 2 noun (C) old use a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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