cut (someone's) 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.
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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.
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Coroner's investigation officer Albert Howard-Murphy told a hearing at Southport Town Hall that Burke, who is charged with the 28-year-old's murder, cut her throat after going in to the TUI travel agency where she worked.
A TEENAGER was arrested after allegedly pulling clothes off his ex-girlfriend and threatening to cut her throat.
Local police chief Gohar Abbas said that when Bibi reached her parents\' house, her father, brother and mother cut her throat with a knife and she died on the spot.
He later threatened to cut her throat if she didn't drop the complaint.
His nurse daughter, 26, was stabbed 71 times as she walked into work by Jonathan Vass, who lay in wait for her, and cut her throat at the end of the frenzied attack.
A father killed his daughter on Thursday when he cut her throat using a knife inside his house in al-Damouk neighborhood in central Kut," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
Russell then cut her throat with a kitchen knife before throttling, punching and hitting her with a log.
A court was told Reddin strangled Ms Murphy and then cut her throat in a derelict house the couple were squat t i n g i n i n Ballsbridge, Dublin, in 2002.
Lillie Morrin was asleep when Stephen Newton strangled former partner Nicola then repeatedly cut her throat in a savage attack at their Newcastle flat.
Prosecutors claim he initially tried to strangle Ami Tursiya Takiyat, 29, but cut her throat when he couldn't kill her with his bare hands.
A MAN who slashed his former partner across the face with a craft knife -and tried to cut her throat -was yesterday jailed for 10 years.
The victim told deputies one of the men threatened to cut her throat and the other hit her with a hard object before fleeing.
Using at least two weapons - probably a knife and a Phillips screwdriver - he stabbed her over 100 times, predominantly to the head and torso - he also cut her throat.
Chester Magistrates' Court heard he held onto her collar and cut her throat - later claiming it was because she was urinating inside the house.