Cut the throat of

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cut the throat of (fig.) to destroy utterly
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Quotations

  • Robert Burns
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    “Critics! Those cut-throat bandits in the paths of fame.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. W. cwtau, shorten.

Usage

In literature:

What kind of a way is this to leave helpless travellers at the mercy of cut-throats and assassins?
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
He peered into the stinking wells of Honan where women were cutting their own throats.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
At half-past six, or thereabouts, he cuts the throat of the sleeping occupant.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
It is possible enough that they may cut the throats of all the Europeans in Egypt, but they will have to pay dearly for it if they do.
"A Chapter of Adventures" by G. A. Henty
He had heard of men having had their throats cut down the river.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
Just impress on them as it does no good, and adds to the chances of their getting their throats cut and their har raised.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
Millions of men are at peace within the limits of a modern State, and can go about their business without cutting each other's throats.
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
The fellow had cut the throat of a girl who had jilted him.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
If an artery is cut at the throat, hold tightly together the wound to stop the bleeding or the person may die instantly from loss of blood.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Out on the shimmering sea I counted twelve boats with my own eyes, and knew that every one of them was full of cut-throats.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
And hear of them he will, sooner or later unless Don Baltasar marries the girl by force, and cuts Paco's throat.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
Begbie adjourned the court with the pious wish that the murderer should go out and cut the throats of the jury.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
Cheerfully, either of us would have cut the other's throat.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Whilst some of them were having their throats cut in the country, the others were feasting in the cities.
"Paris from the Earliest Period to the Present Day; Volume 1" by William Walton
Nor that a fakir departed from the city yesterday to travel to Peshawar, and cut the throat of Jan Larrens?
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
The personnel of cut-throats is at its post.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
It is foolish to shudder when we see the throat of a bullock cut.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
The method of self-slaughter among women is cutting their throat, or piercing the heart.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
I called the whole house together and cut the throat of a turkey.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
If the people in that city are going to cut our throats they may as well do it now, before the heat of the day begins.
"Red Nails" by Robert E. Howard
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In poetry:

Tell me what find we to admire
In epaulets and scarlet coats.
In men, because they load and fire,
And know the art of cutting throats?
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
He takes an object from his coat
and holds it tightly in his hand
(eyes on the stretch of endless sand).
And then, in darkness, cuts his throat.
"The Beach" by Weldon Kees
An orange moon. I see the lives
Of neighbors, mapped and marred
Like all the wars ahead, and R.
Insane, B. with his throat cut,
Fifteen years from now, in Omaha.
"1926" by Weldon Kees
Maybe, in my previous a-being,
I’ve cut the throats of my Mom and Dad,
If in this one – Lord of all the living! —
I have been doomed to suffering like that.
"Shame" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
One event in particular is most worthy to relate,
How God preserved him from a very cruel fate:
He and his Officers were attacked, while sailing their boat,
By the savages of Bumbireh, all eager to cut his throat.
"A Tribute to Henry M. Stanley" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then in the afternoon again he turned to me,
Saying, I'm going to cut Jim's throat for more blood d'ye see;
Then I begged of him, for God's sake not to cut the throat of poor Jim,
But he cried, Ha! ha! to save my own life I consider it no sin.
"A Tale of the Sea" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

According to a report from Louisiana television station WWLTV.com, a 31-year-old Louisiana man was arrested this week for allegedly cutting the throat of his wife and cutting the couple's unborn child from his wife's abdomen .
In the Cut-Throat World of Ice Cream, Flavormania.
A day after dashing Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio showed his dominance by cutting the ears off two vanquished bulls, one of their bovine brothers got revenge by gruesomely impaling the matador through his throat and out his mouth.
A resident at the building at 83rd Street and Kennedy Boulevard said Daniel Plato-Jacobo, 47, cut himself in the throat with a shard of broken glass prior to police arriving.
On the night of March 24, as NATO bombs began falling over Yugoslavia, Hani Hoxha said he saw black-masked Serbs swaggering through Djakovica, shooting, cutting throats and burning houses.
For all the stories of the cut-throat pop music business keeping artists in line in the mid-60's, The Lovin' Spoonful created, seemingly effortlessly, songs that seemed to be windows into their souls.
Those who drink more than four cups a day -- may cut their risk of dying from cancers of the mouth and throat by nearly half, according to new research.
Cut Throat and Candy Pants of the Cut Throat Freak Show, married sideshow performers traveling with (and partying with) the Coney Island Rock and Roll Road show.
A Neosho man has been formally accused of cutting and stabbing another man in the throat with a kitchen knife during a Halloween night altercation.
Page 1 of 3 HP plans to be a major player in the emerging cloud tug-of-war that has tech powerhouses jockeying for position in this growing, and often cut-throat, market.
If you've ever seen the movie 'Black Swan' then you know that the world of dance can be a very competitive, cut throat industry.
A northeast Canton man was jailed Thanksgiving night, accused of cutting a relative on the arm with a knife and holding the knife to his throat.
WASHINGTON — Cut-throat Chinese politics, and not a broader ideological battle, probably led to Bo Xilai's banishment from the top ranks of China's Communist Party this week, former US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said on Thursday.
A south-central Illinois man is accused of threatening to cut a 2-month-old baby's throat and refusing to let a woman leave the bathroom during a dispute at his home.
Much like poker was in 2005, the venerable pub game is poised to sweep the nation like some sort of bird flu, infecting everyone with its unique combination of camaraderie and cut-throat competition.
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