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cut each other's throats

Of a group or population of people, to be engaged in ferocious, pernicious competition with one another. It's a symptom of the society we live in that we're all trained to cut each other's throats just to earn a little bit more money. The majority of the economy is dominated by a few megacorporations, while all the smaller businesses are cutting each other's throats for what little market share is left over.
See also: cut, each, throat
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It is a matter of regret that all those brothers in craft and feeling, whose generations have learned to walk a ship's deck in that nursery, have been also more than once fiercely engaged in cutting each other's throats there.
Gascoigne, were early lovers of the Widow Wycherly, and had once been on the point of cutting each other's throats for her sake.
But until it's mathematically impossible, Fox insists Dundonald will not throw in the towel in the battle for promotion, particularly with the top teams, the notable exception of champions-elect Downpatrick, all cutting each other's throats.
JOHN Sillett has urged both sides in the bitter Coventry City rent row to stop cutting each other's throats and sort it out.
In the end they will end up cutting each other's throats.
After all, trainers have been cutting each other's throats for years over kennel fees.
I think in this group the teams are capable of cutting each other's throats.
We have looked at what we need and what we can do without and I want a squad of 23 or 24, all cutting each other's throats.
It's difficult to say how many points you need to avoid relegation, because we're all cutting each other's throats.
He is drawn next to the inside rail this time and, with Malahide Express, Blue Maeve and On The Trail confirmed front-runners and possibly cutting each other's throats, it could leave the way clear for Sir Sandrovitch, who does come late, to get a troublefree passage to snatch the spoils.
So many people in the beginning said, Oh, you're going to have three divas, and they're going to be cutting each other's throats,'' she said.
You only need to look at the results in other areas to see that everyone is cutting each other's throats.
Everyone is fighting for their lives in this league and teams are cutting each other's throats.
Whitburn occupy the all-too-familiar second spot - but with their closest rivals potentially cutting each other's throats over the weekend there is an opportunity to make up valuable ground at Marsden and then at home to Felling.