cut one another's throats

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cut one another's throats

Of two or more people or groups, to be engaged in ferocious, pernicious competition with one another. It's a symptom of the society we live in that we're all trained to cut one another's throats just to earn a little bit more money. The majority of the economy is dominated by a few megacorporations, while all the smaller businesses are cutting one another's throats for what little market share is left over. Those two want the promotion so badly that they're willing to cut one another's throats to get it.
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Parliament was generally assumed an association of King's and public's representatives to discuss and agree upon the matters by negotiation and debates, and not by cutting one another's throats. Democracies strengthened under the supremacy of parliament.
Premier League sides are cutting one another's throats in the competition which makes you think some unfancied team is going to sneak through to the final.
Instead, in Lincoln's graphic terms, it was a case of "our white men cutting one another's throats" over the issue of slavery.
Everybody started to change supplier when deregulation began, I thought everybody was cutting one another's throats, so I refused to sign up; I had my gas from British Gas, my electricity from Swalec.