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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References in classic literature ?
This done, he drew from its sheath a huge broad scimitar, and seizing me by the hair he made as though he meant to cut my throat and shear my head clean off.
For he assured me, that if the secret should be discovered by my countrymen the Dutch, they would cut my throat in the voyage.
I don't know what minute my crew will cut my throat, and take over the ship," he added.
He made the slaughter sign on his neck which means that they will cut my throat.
One of the calls threatened to cut my throat and in another I was told I would have to sleep with one eye open.
Mr Balmer said: "He cut my throat open and only gets two years.
He cut my throat, he cut my throat," the woman screamed.
He went on: "They said they were going to cut my throat if I didn't plead guilty.
They dragged me outside the flat and no one in the flat could help because they threatened to kill them if they interfered," the victim said in official records, "They took me outside the flat and surrounded me and then two of them tied me up from behind and one of them cut my throat and then they escaped.
The mum-of-three said yesterday: "It could have cut my throat.