Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - cut-throat


fierce or relentless in competition without considering the harm caused to others


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cut-throat

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard the company is going to get into the cell phone manufacturing business.

Colleague 2:  Really? Selling cell phones is a tough business, very competitive.

Colleague 1:  Yes, but the CEO has already bought all the companies that manufacture the key components. It will be almost impossible for the competition to acquire enough parts to even make phones.

Colleague 2:  Wow. That is an amazing cut-throat move.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cut-throat

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you planning on applying to that prestigious gymnastics studio for your child?

Friend 2:  The competition for openings is cut-throat.

Friend 1:  I heard that over one hundred families apply for each vacancy.

Friend 2:  Right. And if you want your child to have any chance at all, you have to push your child to the limits. Up every morning at five am and train for two hours before school. Two more hours after school and then there are the special diets. Some parents even slander other children to try to gain an advantage.

Friend 1:  Makes a person wonder if that sort of ruthless pursuit of status is even healthy for a child.

cut-throat - Usage:


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cut-throat - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for cut-throat.

cut-throat - Examples:

1)  In the cut-throat supermini sector, a car needs to have something special to make it stand out.

2)  ... sees an all female cast clawing their way to the top of the cut-throat finance industry.

3)  The chain has struggled to compete in the cut-throat grocery sector, which is embroiled in a bitter price war.

4)  ... is not a competition (except against oneself). There is no elimination, cut-throat politics, backstabbing or bitchiness.

5)  ... have already answered the call to adapt, modernise and diversify - but in a cut-throat global market they still can not survive without the EU's handouts.

6)  Competition for those kinds of events is cut-throat. Winning those events doesn't come easy.

7)  ... adult drama set in the brutal and cut-throat golden age of 18th century piracy.

8)  ... reputation of the agency he left behind for taking no prisoners in London's notoriously cut-throat housing market is hard won.

9)  The focus is not an oil or gas company, however, but a cut-throat renewable energy firm that is just as ruthlessly driven by profit.

10)  ... the introduction of deregulations without any appropriate legal framework and the fixing of outrageous cut-throat prices for petroleum products.

11)  ... do not receive water for days on end allege corruption between water company officials and cut-throat vendors seeking to outsmart their competitors.

12)  This requires tremendous self-confidence, especially in cut-throat show business where actors-performers will do anything to stay youthful.

13)  Football is a cut-throat business, and disappointment lies round many corners.

14)  ... admit that he lacked the necessary ruthlessness to flourish as a businessman in a notoriously cut-throat environment.

15)  Its post-nuclear American Southwest is no less full of raiders, murderers and cut-throat opportunists.

16)  ... and they'll tell you that it is a cut-throat world, in the sense that competition is rife amongst all involved in the entertainment ...

17)  You'd expect this to have been achieved by some cut-throat business people with a solid-gold business plan, nerves of steel and hearts of stone.

18)  ... outlining the contrast between this welcoming environment and the cut-throat lower echelons of the ...

19)  ... because it has accumulated wealth so quickly and its society is so notoriously cut-throat, with ruthless competition for the best test scores and more prestigious jobs.

20)  A monumental mistake. Microsoft had no business being in the cut-throat, low-margin phone business.