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.
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But the Racecourse boss - whose side yesterday beat Bath City 2-0 courtesy of goals from Gareth Taylor and Mathias Pogba - said: "It should be a good game and hopefully we get a massive crowd here next week because, as we normally do, we'll be going for the throat.
The attacker was trying to do a Huntley and was going for the throat." Huntley collapsed with blood spurting from a cut to his throat in a similar attack last month.
The self-styled King Kong of the Congo vows that he and his Ewood team mates will be going for the throat of Phil Scolari's side.
"We're a young side and when we get in front, we continue going for the throat when we should be closing games down.
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Holland have earned a reputation for going for the throat but head coach Marco van Basten knows that a draw against France would leave them in a strong position with just one match remaining - next Tuesday's clash against Group C outsiders Romania.
We were 2-1 down and Telford were going for the throat.
With a double-header against flaky Bourgoin their next away trip, a win tonight will see the Cherry and Whites in pole position to top the group, and Ryan will have no hesitation in going for the throat and unleashing The Volcano.
He said: "I've been impressed with Hearts' attacking flair - they've won a lot of games early by going for the throat.