eat (one's) young

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eat (one's) young

To neglect, betray, or harshly criticize members of a group that are of a lower status or position. The more experienced nursing staff has been accused of eating their young, treating trainees and new nurses with sometimes intolerable contempt. As the business crumbled, the CEOs and members of management began eating their young out of desperation, indiscriminately firing anyone who had less than five years' experience in the company.
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There is a saying out there that nurses eat their young --let's not eat our young.
I will also take issue with the first half of our panel's assigned title by arguing that the question to pose is not why (or even whether) we eat our young but how we honor our mothers.