eat (one's) young

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eat (one's) young

To neglect, betray, or harshly criticize members of a group that are of a lower status or position. The more experienced nursing staff has been accused of eating their young, treating trainees and new nurses with sometimes intolerable contempt. As the business crumbled, the CEOs and members of management began eating their young out of desperation, indiscriminately firing anyone who had less than five years' experience in the company.
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Lysol Direct in the spray bottle will not hurt the animals and disinfects the cage from mites and spiders, all these things can make a mom eat her young.
Most hedgehogs give birth during June so if you think there are nesting sites in the garden do not disturb them, otherwise the mother is likely to eat her young.
Lysol Direct in the spray bottle will not hurt the animals and it kills mites and spiders--which I believe can make a doe eat her young.