dog eat dog

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From dog + eat + dog. This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology.

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dog eat dog (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Ruthlessly acquisitive or competitive. Describes a business or other set of circumstances where people try to succeed at the expense of other people.
    In this company it's dog eat dog. If you don't do better than the rest, you're on the street in next to no time.
    • 2007: Zoe Wood, Guardian Unlimited, Nov 11, Tesco has a flutter in Vegas.,
      It is dog eat dog on Las Vegas's world-famous Strip as casino complexes such as MGM Grand and New York New York compete for attention with outlandish gestures like rollercoaster rides and a replica of the Manhattan skyline.

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