go for the jugular


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go for the jugular

To verbally attack a flaw or vulnerability in someone so as to cause them great emotional pain or distress. (The "jugular" is a vein in the neck that transports blood between the head and the heart.) If you want to go for the jugular against your opponent, I have some damaging information you might be interested in.
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go for the jugular

COMMON If someone goes for the jugular, they attack or criticize someone very severely, causing the most damage or biggest defeat possible. In fact, the 29-year-old Italian won just four points in the whole set as his opponent went for the jugular. Both newpapers went for the jugular yesterday in fierce attacks on the senator. Note: You can also say that someone goes for the throat. She decided to forget about charming him and go for the throat. Note: The jugular vein is a large vein in the neck and supplies blood to the neck and face.
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go for the jugular

be aggressive or unrestrained in making an attack.
1997 Cosmopolitan Once she decides she wants a man, she goes for the jugular and doesn't give a hoot about any other woman (such as his girlfriend).
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go for the ˈjugular

(informal) attack somebody’s weakest point during a discussion in an aggressive way: Harry decided that there was no point trying to be nice to these people — he would have to go straight for the jugular.
The jugular vein is a large vein in the neck that carries blood from the head to the heart.
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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.
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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.