Meaning of CUTTHROAT in English

CUTTHROAT

I. ˈkət-ˌthrōt noun

Date: 1535

1. : killer , murderer

2. : a cruel unprincipled person

II. adjective

Date: 1565

1. : murderous , cruel

2. : marked by unprincipled practices : ruthless

cutthroat competition

3. : characterized by each player playing independently rather than having a permanent partner — used especially of partnership games adapted for three players

cutthroat bridge

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.