go for the throat


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go for the throat

To engage in an aggressive attack against someone without holding back or showing any mercy; to attack the most vulnerable part of someone. The phrase is usually (though not always) understood as referring to a non-physical attack. Similar to the phrase "go for the jugular." This is politics, and the candidates aren't going to play nice during the debate—they're going to go for the throat any chance they get. If you tangle with him, don't expect a fair fight—he'll go for the throat.
See also: go, throat
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Well, go for the throat. For budding young rockers, yeah, it's probably good to have a gimmick.
I felt we needed to go for the throat a little bit more when the opportunity was there.'
Meanwhile, pride supporters seem to view any attack on their communal celebration as an assault on their very being, and they go for the throat as a result.
Despite the disappointment at Anfield,Liverpool are not out of the Cup and I expect them to have enough to win at Portsmouth,as long as they go for the throat.
But I'll be okay and I can't wait for the game.'' While Wilson awaits final news on Murray, he is determined to go for the throat in South Wales.
Under Tim Sherwood, Aston Villa's MO is to go for the throat when previously, under Paul Lambert, it was to go for the draw.
Spain and Italy should serve up a cracker in tonight's Euro 2012 Final after both bosses vowed to go for the throat.
South North have another reason to go for the throat after today's visitors Tynemouth dented their title ambitions in May when an eighth-wicket stand of 66 won a low-scoring match at Preston Avenue.
However, Rodgers is an attackminded coach and he will have no qualms about telling his players to go for the throat from the start of tonight's match.
"You've got to go for the throat and give it all you've got.
Some orchestras go for the throat and command "Hey, listen to me!"; others smile and invite "listen to this wonderful music".
The manager added: "There might come a stage when it is completely win or bust and we'll need to go for the throat.