go for the jugular


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go for the jugular

to attack fiercely in order to have no doubt about winning He was a politician known as someone who went for the jugular of his opponent.
Related vocabulary: play hardball
Etymology: from the idea that an animal often kills another animal by biting the jugular vein (tube that carries blood) in the neck, causing the animal to bleed to death quickly
See also: jugular

go for the jugular

  (informal)
to criticize someone very cruelly by talking about what you know will hurt them most
Usage notes: The jugular is a large vein that carries blood to the heart.
Cunningham, who usually goes straight for the jugular, seemed strangely reluctant to say anything.
See also: jugular
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MARTIN O'NEILL last night vowed to go for the jugular in tonight's Euro 2016 play-off crunch against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Dublin.
CHRIS Brunt has urged Northern Ireland to go for the jugular against Romania at Windsor Park tomorrow night.
Make no bones about it, Ireland HAVE to win this game and MONKeano will be looking for their charges to go for the jugular from the off.
SUNDERLAND v LEICESTER TODAY, 3PM KICK OFF NIGEL PEARSON insists Leicester will go for the jugular at Sunderland with the Foxes on the brink of a stunning recovery.
ATTACKING batsmen enjoyed themselves on Chester-le-Street's first day of County Championship cricket in 2015, but Durham will not be sent out today under orders to go for the jugular.
There will be times where we all have to defend - but when we get the chance we will have to go for the jugular.
MARK ROBINS wants Town to go for the jugular on Saturday and give Barnsley keeper Luke Steele a very busy day.
Clarke has, however, challenged his men to go for the jugular and take the series 4-1 with another victory at the venue today.
WAYNE ROONEY is ready to go for the jugular as England gear up for their World Cup assault.
Evan Williams said he was only 85 per cent for this and, without wanting If he keeps his unbeaten run going, people will really start talking him up and connections may decide to go for the jugular.
GARETH THOMAS has told his Blues team-mates to go for the jugular to produce a memorable Millennium Stadium occasion on Saturday.
Rafa must go for the jugular and beat United and throw the title race wide open.
Chelsea have been accused of failing to go for the jugular in the past and merely settling for three points, and Lampard admitted that, even under Scolari, they were still unwilling to throw caution to the wind when 2-0 up.
There are lots of litigators who say they go for the jugular and that means fighting rather than offering the client some real judgment as to the best thing to do to resolve a situation.
While ``Criminal Minds'' justifies its seediness with pseudo-philosophizing, Fox's ``Killer Instinct'' is content to go for the jugular.