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The definition of dog eat dog is something or some situation in which there is fierce, ruthless competition.
An example of dog eat dog is a competitive sales environment where everyone is trying to beat out their co-workers to make the most sales, even if they have to lie and cheat to do it.
dog-eat-dog definition by Webster's New World
characterized by ruthless or savage competition
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Ruthlessly acquisitive or competitive:
a dog-eat-dog society. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. dog-eat-dog - Cultural Definition
Ruthlessly competitive: “You have to look out for your own interests; it's a dog-eat-dog world.”
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Ruthless acquisition or competition, as in
With shrinking markets, it's dog eat dog for every company in this field. This contradicts a Latin proverb which maintains that dog does not eat dog, first recorded in English in 1543. Nevertheless, by 1732 it was put as “Dogs are hard drove when they eat dogs” (Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia).