throw the book at


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throw the book at someone

Fig. to charge or convict someone with as many crimes as is possible. I made the police officer angry, so he took me to the station and threw the book at me. The judge threatened to throw the book at me if I didn't stop insulting the police officer.
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throw the book at somebody

to punish or criticize someone severely After several arrests for drunk driving, the judge finally threw the book at him.
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throw the book at somebody

  (informal)
to punish or criticize someone as severely as possible It was the fifth time Frank had been arrested for drink-driving, so the judge threw the book at him.
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throw the book at

Punish or reprimand severely, as in I just knew the professor would throw the book at me for being late with my paper. This expression originally meant "sentence a convicted person to the maximum penalties allowed," the book being the roster of applicable laws. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
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throw the book at

1. To make all possible charges against (a lawbreaker, for example).
2. To reprimand or punish severely.
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HEARTS chairman George Foulkes has warned the SFA will be made to look a 'laughing stock' if they throw the book at his club.
Now they want the SFA to throw the book at the Pars chairman.
UEFA are ready to throw the book at Didier Drogba - it's 4-9 he'll need lengthy treatment.
Now his bosses should throw the book at him after all, that's what he would do if it was one of us.
Paul Jackson, Mr Lloyd's cousin, said: "He wanted to throw the book at them.
TONY Blair came under pressure to throw the book at Geoffrey Robinson last night after he was found guilty of misleading MPs.
McMurdo said: "I'm going to write to the SFA and FIFA to have this matter investigated and if he's breaking the rules then they should throw the book at him.
Thompson, sent off in the same game in which Elliott copped a one-match ban for elbowing Michael Owen last season, said: "What Elliott did was bang out of order and the FA should throw the book at him.
No doubt they will try and buy their way out of this problem but if the police have evidence that items were taken they should throw the book at them.
LEICESTER won't ask UEFA to throw the book at Red Star Belgrade for their supporters' bad behaviour.
CHELSEA believe the FA should throw the book at Peter Crouch for his verbal assault on John Obi Mikel and "foreign divers".
LIVINGSTON won't be asking the SFA to throw the book at Airdrie defender Paul Jack for kicking their groundsman.
I hope they throw the book at Ohuruogu, 22, on Friday and ban her for two years.