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
References in classic literature ?
He was knocked down by one of our soldiers, who had cut his throat but that the fathers prevented it: he then restored the cords, and was more tractable ever after.
Relentless, remorseless, it was; all his protests, his screams, were nothing to it-- it did its cruel will with him, as if his wishes, his feelings, had simply no existence at all; it cut his throat and watched him gasp out his life.
Monseigneur gone, and the three strong men absolving themselves from the sin of having drawn his high wages, by being more than ready and willing to cut his throat on the altar of the dawning Republic one and indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death, Monseigneur's house had been first sequestrated, and then confiscated.
Opening my door a little, I became aware of a demand on his part for "Creemsvort" to be brought down to him that he might cut his throat on the hall-table and wash his honour, which he affirmed to be in a dirty condition, in infernal British blood.
Isidor thought for a moment he had gone mad, and that he wished his valet to cut his throat.
A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy told a court he was raped by a teenager who threatened to cut his throat if he didn't do as he asked.
Arriving at the scene, security forces confirmed that he tried to cut his wrists and cut his throat.
He held his neck from behind and cut his throat using the knife," the major said.
Gary Bell, who cut his throat in Kirklees Magistrates' Court on Thursday, has been transferred from Leeds General Infirmary to Doncaster Young Offender Institute, a relative confirmed at the weekend.
Keith Murrain, 54, of Birmingham, was killed on Friday by kidnappers who cut his throat soon after he flew to the Caribbean.
During the trial on June 5 Sakataev tried to cut his throat.
Meanwhile, a 20 years old man was severely wounded by sharp kite string which cut his throat in Sialkot.
He took an overdose when he was 19, tried to hang himself again in 2003 and cut his throat and wrists with a kitchen knife in the same year.
Summary: A man has bled to death in front of his wife and 14-year-old daughter after he accidentally cut his throat with a chainsaw.
Then as the shopkeep r armed himself with a piece of wood, he threatened to cut his throat instead, prosecutor Mike Hammett told Cardiff Crown Court.