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.
See also: cut, throat

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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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.
OKARA -- A motorcyclist died as a kite twine cut his throat while his pillion suffered injuries near the overhead bridge on Faisalabad Road on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
13 -- A 40-year old man, father of five, was killed by unidentified assailants, who cut his throat with a sharp-edged weapon in the Chuhng police precincts on Thursday.