Cutthroat meaning

kŭtthrōt
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An unprincipled, ruthless person.
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Relentless or merciless in competition.

A cutthroat business.

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Cruel; murderous.
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A cutthroat trout.
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(sports & games) Being a form of a game in which each of three or more players acts and scores individually.

Cutthroat handball; cutthroat bridge.

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A violent criminal, esp. one who murders.
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Murderous.
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Merciless; ruthless.
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Played by persons competing as individuals rather than with partners, as some forms of bridge or pinochle.
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A murderer who slits the throats of his victims.
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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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Involving the cutting of throats.
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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.

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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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A murderer, especially one who cuts throats.
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Origin of cutthroat