One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or an act of cutting the throat; especially murder or execution carried out by this means.
2Figurative. Harmfully or ruthlessly competitive behaviour; fierce and often mutually disadvantageous competition, especially with regard to business or commerce. Compare to cut the throat of, "cutthroat".
That cuts the throat; given to or characterized by cutting throats. In later use frequently figurative: involving or characterized by harmfully or ruthlessly competitive behaviour, especially with regard to business or commerce; compare to cut the throat of, "cutthroat".
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Patten (d. ?1598), author. From throat + cutting<br>early 17th century. From throat + cutting.
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