cutthroat competition

 Tough competition.
 ► “Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry, squeezed by health plan payers, their allies, and cutthroat competition into giving discounts on an unprecedented scale.” (Drug Topics, July 24, 1995, p. 54)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • Cutthroat — Cut throat , a. 1. Murderous; cruel; barbarous. [1913 Webster] 2. Ruthless; conducted without restraint; as, cutthroat competition. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cutthroat — I. noun Date: 1535 1. killer, murderer 2. a cruel unprincipled person II. adjective Date: 1565 1. murderous, cruel 2. marked by unprincipled practices ; ruth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cutthroat — 1 adjective (only before noun) a cutthroat activity involves people who are all trying to get the same thing, often behaving badly or unfairly to each other: Cutthroat competition led to a lot of bankruptcies and mergers. 2 noun (C) old use a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cutthroat — /ˈkʌtθroʊt / (say kutthroht) noun 1. someone who cuts throats; a murderer. 2. a cutthroat razor. –adjective 3. murderous. 4. (of a razor) having an open blade. 5. relentless: cutthroat competition. 6. relating to a game participated in by three… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cutthroat — /kut throht /, n. 1. a person who cuts throats; murderer. adj. 2. murderous. 3. ruthless: cutthroat competition. 4. pertaining to a game, as of cards, in which each of three or more persons acts and scores as an individual. [1525 35; CUT +… …   Universalium

  • cutthroat — 1. noun, dated a band of robbers and cutthroats Syn: murderer, killer, assassin; informal hit man 2. adjective cutthroat competition between rival firms Syn: ruthless, merciless, fierce, intense, aggressive, dog eat dog …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • competition — Synonyms and related words: antagonism, antipathy, bad blood, championship, clashing, collision, competitor, concours, conflict, contention, contest, contrariety, contrariness, corrival, cross purposes, cutthroat competition, disaccord,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • competition — n. rivalry opposition 1) to offer, provide competition 2) to undercut, undersell the competition 3) bitter, fierce, formidable, keen, stiff, strong; cutthroat, unfair, unscrupulous; fair; free, unfettered; healthy competition 4) competition among …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cutthroat — n. & adj. n. 1 a murderer. 2 (in full cutthroat razor) a razor having a long blade set in a handle and usu. folding like a penknife. 3 a species of trout, Salmo clarki, with a red mark under the jaw. adj. 1 (of competition) ruthless and intense.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cutthroat — Synonyms and related words: Cain, apache, assassin, assassinator, barbaric, barbarous, bloodletter, bloodshedder, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody minded, bravo, brutal, brutish, bucko, bully, bullyboy, burker, butcher, button man, cannibal, cold… …   Moby Thesaurus

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