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. © 2022 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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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.
As he passed here, Ralph called to mind that he had been one of a jury, long before, on the body of a man who had cut his throat; and that he was buried in this place.
Later, it withdrew the statement and said some 'unknown' thing cut his throat.
A police spokesman told reporter that motorcyclist Mohammad Waqas was killed on Rehmania Road when string of a stray kite cut his throat near Rehmania Colony on Sunday.
Majid riding of a motorcycle was on his way when the twine cut his throat. As a result, he fell on the road.
Ndossoka told the officers his 8-year-old son said "daddy, I'm sorry" before he proceeded to cut his throat out, while the baby girl "just kept crying."
Mbooni East OCPD Agnes Omojong said Mutunga Kimonyi locked himself in the house before he cut his throat.
You were backing away from him and said if he came anywhere near you, you would cut his throat, then ran away.
A youngster identified as Hamid on Firday morning cut his throat by sharp dagger and committed suicide in his house located in Orangi Town area of Karachi.
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.
"He held his neck from behind and cut his throat using the knife," the major said.
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. The cut was not fatal.
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.