Synonyms for cut-throat
- hit person
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CUT-THROAT
Faithful to their cut-throat trade, I made no doubt he meant.
The town looks on him as a cut-throat who has narrowly escaped the gallows.
Mr. Zachary Smith resisted the blandishments of “cut-throat” euchre.
I've thought of nothing but you since the day I saw you with that cut-throat.
"I believe you," he muttered, looking steadily at the cut-throat.
"That's all right—but you pay my money first," the cut-throat insisted.
On the other hand, the cut-throat trout were excellent eating.
The hero of the Palolithic age is the brigand and cut-throat of to-day.
One was Heraud, the other Jame, a cut-throat dog of no value.
"To look at him you might think that he's a cut-throat," said Kerbakh.
Old English þrote (implied in þrotbolla "the Adam's apple, larynx," literally "throat boll"), related to þrutian "to swell," from Proto-Germanic *thrut- (cf. Old High German drozza, German Drossel, Old Saxon strota, Middle Dutch strote, Dutch strot "throat"), perhaps from PIE *trud- (cf. Old English þrutian "to swell," Old Norse þrutna "to swell").
The notion is of "the swollen part" of the neck. Italian strozza "throat," strozzare "to strangle" are Germanic loan-words. College slang for "competitive student" is 1970s, from cutthroat.