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grab (something) by the throat

To put forth great effort toward doing something. You need to grab this opportunity by the throat if you want to attract more customers to your photography studio.
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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 assistant was also grabbed by the throat and threatened with the knife but the women had pushed the panic button alerting police.
A WOMAN was grabbed by the throat and sexually assaulted as she walked home.
A TERRIFIED barmaid was grabbed by the throat and frogmarched to a safe by three men armed with a stun gun in a robbery at a Back Country pub.
The victim was grabbed by the throat and threatened by two men, who then took pounds 30 from his coat pocket.
He said: 'Mr Isaac was grabbed by the throat before other officers arrived and held him, some by the arms, one by the neck and he was kicked on the shin.
"She says she was grabbed by the throat and pushed up against the wall.
Our website Mirror.co.uk was highly commended for the Digital Award and the Sunday People bagged the coveted title of front page of the year for the exclusive pictures of Nigella Lawson being grabbed by the throat by then-husband Charles Saatchi at a London restaurant.
A MAN was grabbed by the throat and punched several times before being kicked by two robbers who stole his mobile phone and wallet.
Matthew Brown, 28, was grabbed by the throat and punched in the face and head on a packed train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh.
A TERRIFIED teenager was grabbed by the throat and had her handbag stolen as she walked through a Newcastle park.
He was grabbed by the throat and pushed to the floor, where the two thugs rifled through his pockets and stole his mobile phone.
The 11-year-old girl was grabbed by the throat, told "You're being kidnapped," picked up by her wrists and ankles and dangled over a stairwell on May 6 last year.
King claimed he had been grabbed by the throat and pushed against the wall.
After saying he had none, the victim was grabbed by the throat and forced to hand over his yellow Adidas jacket with blue stripes down the sleeves, worth pounds 50.The two offenders are white, in their late teens, about 5ft 7in tall, of medium build and were wearing white England football tops.
In one of the worst recent cases, a Worcestershire doctor was allegedly grabbed by the throat by a notorious farmer while out with his wife and dog.