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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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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Has she cut her throat?" the maid cried out, and with no warning rolled over in a faint.
On Tuesday morning he exchanged harsh words with his wife and cut her throat with a sharp knife.
Later, Shakir along with his brother and an unidentified man allegedly cut her throat with a sharp-edged weapon, killing her on the spot.
On January 13 this year, Burke bought a kitchen knife and entered the Chapel Street and placed his arms around her head before he cut her throat.
On January 13 this year, Burke bought a kitchen knife and entered the Chapel Street store and placed his arms around her head before he cut her throat.
According to police 3 year girl Mah-e-Rukh was going on bike with her father when kite string cut her throat to death.
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.
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.
In Bowes' case, it is arguable he got off lightly, having threatened a woman to whom he accidentally sent one of the vile images, that he would cut her throat if she did not drop her complaint to gardai.
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.