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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JAWS OF DEATH Second lion goes for the throat (inset) then both prepare for a meal
Now, with the stature of a statesmen and the guts of a streetfighter, he goes for the throat of suffering once more: Live 8 is born; a series of concerts to coincide with the G8 summit in Scotland.
Every song - for instance, Caffeine Bomb, the son of Motorhead's Ace of Spades - goes for the throat throughout the full, 90-minute set.
Soundsystem,'' the Los Angeles band's sixth album, goes for the throat with a raw, full-throttle sound that will appeal to the teen-age fans of chart-toppers Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit.
He is never beaten and goes for the throat with the same power I do.