grab (someone or something) by the throat

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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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grab someone/something by the throat

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take someone/something by the throat

If you grab someone or something by the throat or take them by the throat, you make a determined attempt to control, defeat, or deal with them. Instead of being passive, you must get out there and grab life by the throat. Gloucestershire took the game by the throat from the start. Note: If you are succeeding in dealing with someone or something, you say that you have them by the throat. He has his enemy by the throat and he is not about to let go.
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Her apparent dig came after Trinny wrote: "It's great that, at 50, life can still grab you by the throat and shake you up.
The 52-year-old brunette beauty's apparent dig came just hours after Woodall, who recently turned 50, wrote on a website that it's great that, at her age, life can still grab you by the throat and shake you up.
SOME albums grab you by the throat the first time you hear them - others sneak up on you when you're not really looking.
Although none of the 10 tracks on ``I Lived to Tell It All'' (MCA Nashville) will grab you by the throat, in the end they're vintage Jones: loose - but not slapdash - trim and easy, with enough twitter in the twang to keep it all timeless.
This is not a comfortable bedtime book; this is a grab you by the throat type of book, a roller coaster ride of passion and intrigue, one that will keep you up late at night as the plot unfolds.
She wrote on the High50 website: "It's great that, at 50, life can still grab you by the throat and shake you up.