Definition of cutthroat in English:
1 dated A murderer or other violent criminal.
- And of course the fact that there are elections in the offing would have absolutely nothing to do with the timing of Michael's pronouncements that the group is a bunch of murderers, gangsters, cut-throats and crooks.
- Yet he ‘and his crew of financial cut-throats can loot the bank and rob 1260 depositors and you can send him to the penitentiary for only three years.’
- With his crew of cut-throats, Sinbad attacked defenceless merchant ships and did what pirates do, thankfully omitted here because this is a U-certificate cartoon from DreamWorks.
2 (also cutthroat trout) A trout of western North America, with red or orange markings under the jaw.
- Salmo clarki, family Salmonidae
- Rainbow, cut-throat, grayling and brown trout make their home in the Bow River and its network of streams.
- It is also a spawning and rearing habitat for three threatened salmon species, steelhead and cut-throat trout.
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1(Of a competitive situation or activity) fierce and intense; involving the use of ruthless measures: cutthroat competition led to a lot of bankruptcies the cutthroat world of fashion
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- With high profits, more provincial people are digging for money by setting up schools, which leads to a more cut-throat competition, said Xu.
- Relying only on price will lead to cut-throat competition and disappearing profits.
- So how does he get the press in the cut-throat competition of London Fashion Week, when there are some 70 designers showing in five days?
1.1(Of a person) using ruthless methods in a competitive situation: the greedy cutthroat manufacturers he worked for
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- And the leaders of all these religions are corrupt and power-hungry, no matter how much peace and brotherly love they preach, they are cut-throat hypocrites.
- One can't fault them for thinking that this is the most cutthroat bunch of political operators to soil the Oval Office rugs in a long time.
- I'd call them a bunch of cutthroat pirates… except that would be awfully unfair to pirates.
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