eat one's young

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To betray a constituent or charge out of self-serving interests or desperation; savaging.

Etymology:

  • The term is derived from the zoological phenomenon of animals killing and consuming their own young for sustenance.
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With bankruptcy looming, the corporation eventually began eating its young; massive layoffs were announced, and all employee benefits and bonuses were suspended.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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