grab someone by the throat

grab (someone or something) by the throat

1. To capture and hold someone's attention or emotions. Likened to physically holding someone's throat to subdue them. Susie is a great writer, so her new mystery novel should grab you by the throat. When I realized that my friend had copied my test answers, anger grabbed me by the throat.
2. To assertively take control of a situation or task; to take charge of something. You've really got to grab this internship by the throat if you want to get the most out of it.
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grab someone by the throat

If something grabs you by the throat, it is so powerful, interesting, or exciting that you are forced to pay attention to it. There is something about Las Vegas that grabs you by the throat. This film still has the power to grab you by the throat.
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Just as one man's meat is another man's poison, one woman's term of endearment makes another woman want to grab someone by the throat and squeeze - hard.
He said: "If you grab someone by the throat you can have no complaints.