grab (something) by the throat

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grab (something) by the throat

To put forth great effort toward doing something. You need to grab this opportunity by the throat if you want to attract more customers to your photography studio.
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grab someone/something by the throat

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take someone/something by the throat

If you grab someone or something by the throat or take them by the throat, you make a determined attempt to control, defeat, or deal with them. Instead of being passive, you must get out there and grab life by the throat. Gloucestershire took the game by the throat from the start. Note: If you are succeeding in dealing with someone or something, you say that you have them by the throat. He has his enemy by the throat and he is not about to let go.
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Mr Bozman added: "She appears to have lost consciousness for a short period of time after she was grabbed by the throat for a second time.
A TERRIFIED teenager was grabbed by the throat and had her handbag stolen as she walked through a Newcastle park.
In the attack Sandra, who had been with Fox for only a month, was punched repeatedly to the face, grabbed by the throat and dragged around her flat in Marton Road, Middlesbrough, by drunken Fox, who admitted he "lost it altogether", the court heard.
POLICE are making a new appeal for witnesses after a teenage girl was grabbed by the throat by a man who stole a mobile phone.
And when Miss Scott protested at Poulton 'walking off' with the camera she was grabbed by the throat, he said.
A TERRIFIED barmaid was grabbed by the throat and frogmarched to a safe by three men armed with a stun gun in a robbery at a Back Country pub.
He said: 'Mr Isaac was grabbed by the throat before other officers arrived and held him, some by the arms, one by the neck and he was kicked on the shin.
uk was highly commended for the Digital Award and the Sunday People bagged the coveted title of front page of the year for the exclusive pictures of Nigella Lawson being grabbed by the throat by then-husband Charles Saatchi at a London restaurant.
She was then grabbed by the throat and pushed to the floor where HawKins squeezed her NECK tightly causing her to fear he was going to Kill her until he suddenly let go.
Matthew Brown, 28, was grabbed by the throat and punched in the face and head on a packed train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh.
He was grabbed by the throat and pushed to the floor, where the two thugs rifled through his pockets and stole his mobile phone.
A WOMAN was grabbed by the throat by her drunken husband when he erupted during a row.
The 11-year-old girl was grabbed by the throat, told "You're being kidnapped," picked up by her wrists and ankles and dangled over a stairwell on May 6 last year.
The victim was grabbed by the throat and threatened by two men, who then took pounds 30 from his coat pocket.
King claimed he had been grabbed by the throat and pushed against the wall.