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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Keep still, you little devil, or I'll cut your throat!"
You remember, perhaps, that you were in full possession of your reason during this succession of fantastic images; even that you acted with extraordinary logic and cunning while surrounded by murderers who hid their intentions and made great demonstrations of friendship, while waiting for an opportunity to cut your throat. You remember how you escaped them by some ingenious stratagem; then you doubted if they were really deceived, or whether they were only pretending not to know your hiding-place; then you thought of another plan and hoodwinked them once again.
Upon my conscience, though I have no wife, if you had treated her so, I would have cut your throat."
Then no more of Felton; she would have cut your throat, and after that everybody else's.
Now the 19-year-old, who left his victim fearing for his life after warning "I will cut your throat", with a large knife, has been locked up at Newcastle Crown Court.
Now the 19-year-old, who left his victim fearing for his life after warning "I will cut your throat" with a large knife, has been locked up at Newcastle Crown Court.
The following July Bowes threatened Ms Montgomery, telling her through her flat door: "I will cut your throat if you don't drop the charges." He also said: "Tell her she has to pass my door on the way out and I'll slit her throat."
Prosecutor Tracey Willingham said Tyrer went on: "If I had a knife I would cut your throat", and his wife believed she was going to die.
"Let's speak the truth, they are ready to cut your throat ?
Smith's husband Bill, according to the Florida Times-Union, said of the Williams campaign that "they will cut your throat in the name of the Lord, and that means anything goes."
A mum who killed her baby is living in terror after hate campaigners told her: "We're going to cut your throat".
SKIPPER Ben Chorley admits its 'cut your throat time' for Milton Keynes Dons when they attempt to save their League One status against Tranmere Rovers this afternoon.
Inside he pulled a five-inch knife, held the blade at her neck, and warned: "I'll cut your throat if you lock me out again."
The 19-year-olds, talked down by a negotiator, had crept up behind her, Corey saying: "I'm going to cut your throat." They had hoped to start a fire but other inmates refused.
Boyce added: "[He was] Shouting, 'Boyce, Devlin, I'll cut your throats on [the] way out'."