cut-throat

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cut-throat

(of some games) played by three people
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As Norman of Torn approached his grim castle home with his five filthy ragged cut-throats on the day of his first meeting with them, the old man of Torn stood watching the little party from one of the small towers of the barbican.
She has made bad friends, how, or when, I don't know; but that her house is a refuge for one robber and cut-throat at least, I am certain.
The thought flashed across me that I might have before me a burglar or cut-throat, some monstrous Irregular Isosceles, who, by feigning the voice of a Circle, had obtained admission somehow into the house, and was now preparing to stab me with his acute angle.