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cutthroat prices

Extremely low prices (i.e., those that "cut the throats" of competitors by being impossible to beat). They gained a huge foothold in the market by offering decent mid-range smartphones at cutthroat prices.
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cut someone's throat

1. Be the means of someone's ruin, as in Joe would cut her throat if she got in his way. One can also cut one's own throat, that is, spoil one's own chances, as in Alice cut her own throat by her repeated absences. This hyperbolic term alludes to actual murder (or suicide). [c. 1500]
2. cut one another's throats. Engage in destructive competition. For example, With their price war the two stores were cutting each other's throats. This usage gave rise, by 1880, to the idiom cutthroat competition, for vicious competitive practices.
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Cutthroat eggs were gathered at Heenan Lake, a brood stock lake for the fish, and reared at Hot Creek Hatchery until they were subcatchables - bigger than fingerlings but smaller than the 10- to 12-inch ``catchables'' meant to be hooked immediately after stocking.
The Cutthroats are in business with a goal to become profitable.
The advantage of sterile fish is that they won't cross breed with the cutthroats and can spend all their energy getting bigger instead of reproducing.
To avoid capturing cutthroat trout, the park uses nets with holes large enough for most cutthroats to swim through unharmed.
The Generals and Cutthroats open the best-of-five Cascade Cup championship finals tonight at the Lane Ice Center at 7:35.
Beginning in 1988, the cutthroats from By-Day Creek were introduced into Slinkard Creek and eventually into three other waters in their native range, Mill Creek, Silver Creek and Wolf Creek.
Cutthroats have proven more difficult to catch at Kirman and are less popular, but they can get big, too.
Restored fishery: Electrofishing has confirmed that Lahontan cutthroat, the native trout of the Lake Tahoe Basin, has become re-established in the Upper Truckee River after a 57-year absence, according to the Department of Fish and Game.
In fact, researchers already have taken 12-inch cutthroats from the stomachs of some lake trout in Yellowstone Lake.
Dustin Goodenough scored twice for the Cutthroats, including the go-ahead goal 15:46 into the third period, as Queen City qualified for the Silver Cup championship of Junior B hockey.
Outlaw tales of Utah; true stories of the Beehive State's most infamous crooks, culprits, and cutthroats, 2d ed.
Every summer, drenching rains increase stream flows and allow young cutthroats to migrate back to Yellowstone Lake.
On the other side are mad scientist and maniacal industrialist August Lorimore, his nasty band of cutthroats and an assemblage of cyborg-like prototype monsters he's created.
The Parker novels feature a cold-blooded professional thief and killer named Parker who is the epitome of an existentialist nihilist surviving in a bleak and unforgivable world of other killers and cutthroats.
In some ways that's what the Cutthroats are all about--watching these young kids reach for the golden ring.