cut each other's throats

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cut each other's throats

Of two or more people or groups, 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. Those two want the promotion so badly that they're willing to cut each other's throats to get it.
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Dover's Hill is a horse I have plenty of time for but he is one of three confirmed front-runners in the 3m handicap chase and they could easily cut each others throats - best to wait for Irish raider Sizing Africa (4.50) who ran such a promising race returning from a 12-month lay off at Gowran Park at the beginning of the month.
"If we do not formulate plans for unity and take active steps to form a political union, we will be fighting and warring among ourselves with the imperialists and colonialists standing by behind the screen and pulling vicious wires, to make us cut each others throats for the sake of their diabolical purposes in Africa."
"My money's on a draw and then I'll sit back and wait for France and Italy to cut each others throats."
This is unusual, since most exploration companies working side by side tend to "cut each others throats," Anthony adds.
"They all cut each others throats and then Kieren pounced.
Just for a change, punters are faced with the opposite scenario, as thefront-runners in the line-up may cut each others throats, leaving theway open for a late finisher.
Five points from their final 10 games is good enough, according to Kinnear, as the rest of the relegation battlers cut each others throats.
Hesaid:'Now is the time when you have to hold your nerve and let other teams cut each others throats.'