cutthroat

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Etymology[edit]

cut +‎ throat

Noun[edit]

cutthroat (plural cutthroats)

  1. A murderer who slits the throats of his victims.
  2. An unscrupulous, ruthless or unethical person.
  3. A three-player pocket billiards game where the object is to be the last player with at least one ball still on the table.

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Adjective[edit]

cutthroat (comparative more cutthroat, superlative most cutthroat)

  1. Involving the cutting of throats
  2. Of or relating to a card game where everyone plays for him or herself rather than playing with a partner.
    He found that playing cutthroat Spades was much more difficult than playing with a partner.
  3. Ruthlessly competitive, dog-eat-dog
    Law is a cutthroat business, you always have to look out to see who is trying to outdo you.

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