Definition of throat-cutting in US English:

throat-cutting

noun

  • 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".

adjective

  • 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".

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Patten (d. ?1598), author. From throat + cutting<br>early 17th century. From throat + cutting.

Pronunciation

throat-cutting

/ˈθrəʊtˌkʌtɪŋ/