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: throat
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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.
While Wilson awaits final news on Murray, he is determined to go for the throat in South Wales.
The manager added: "There might come a stage when it is completely win or bust and we'll need to go for the throat.
Spain and Italy should serve up a cracker in tonight's Euro 2012 Final after both bosses vowed to go for the throat.
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.
Villarreal will go for the throat at Highbury though ( this is their third consecutive match of the knock-out phase where they have had home advantage for the second leg, so the value of scoring in the first leg has been hammered home.
I've made up my mind to stop messing around, go for the throat and get on with it, " said the six-time Crucible king, who has slipped to 21st in the world rankings and has failed to capture a major title since the 1997 Benson and Hedges Masters.
You look at the best teams, and when they get a team down by two goals they go for the throat.
DANI CARVAJAL has vowed Real Madrid will go for the throat tonight in Wolfsburg.
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.
Benitez likes to go for the throat of lesser teams at Anfield these days and the stubborn manager is unlikely to change his tactics any time soon.
JACKIE McNamara admits Celtic were too scared to go for the throat against Shakhtar because they are haunted by AberdeenOs late sucker punch at Parkhead six days earlier.
Do you go for the throat and take risks or do you defend and keep a clean sheet?