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cutthroat competition

Opposition that is especially fierce, relentless, or merciless. These school election breed some cutthroat competition. The students here will do just about anything to win, even if it means ruining each other's reputations. I never could handle the cutthroat competition of investment banking, so I decided to pursue something a bit more easygoing.

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.
See also: cut, throat
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Despite a busy travel schedule for work, Hayes made it to about one-third of the Cutthroats home games last year.
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Here's the math: Including the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, the Cutthroats and Denver University's men's ice-hockey team, an inventory of 1.1 million seats for live hockey are waiting to be filled this season in the metro area.
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