cut throat

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cut (someone's) throat

To bring about or be the cause of someone's ruin, downfall, or failure. That discount supermarket is cutting our throats, there's no way we can compete with their prices! Jim set out to cut his brother's throat after finding out that he'd been swindled.
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cut one's (own) throat

Fig. [for someone] to bring about one's (own) failure. If I were to run for office, I'd just be cutting my throat. Judges who take bribes are cutting their own throats.
See also: cut, throat
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Cut throat injury: a retrospective study of 26 cases.
Anterior neck injuries presenting as cut throat emergencies in a tertiary health institution in north western Nigeria.
The pattern of cut throat injuries in the university of port-harcourt teaching hospital, portharcourt.
Okoye BC, Oteri AJ: Cut throat injuries in Port Harcourt Sahel Med J 2001, 4.
Total 60 cases of cut throat wound were included in the study irrespective of age and sex who were admitted in our ward and the referred patients of general surgery ward.
In all the patients with cut throat injury admitted in ENT ward and those patients referred to us from surgical department, first we evaluated the injuries of the neck according to depth and sites.
RESULTS AND ANALYSIS: Total 60 cut throat patients were included in the study, of which 4I were male and 19 were female ( M:F=2.
Regarding presentation, the no of patients attended at emergency with open wound and bleeding were 24 (40%), cut throat injury with respiratory distress were 14 cases (23.
We tried to find out clinical outcome (table-13) of all patients of cut throat injury attended to our hospital.
Cut throat injury is potentially dangerous and requires emergency treatment.
Cut throat injuries are reported a few in the medical literature and death due to cut throat injury are not uncommon in our country.
In this study total 60 cases of cut throat injury admitted in the ENT department of a rural medical college of Eastern India, were selected for this study.