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.
See also: by, grab, throat
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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


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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But White got out of the vehicle at traffic lights and during an incident he grabbed him by the throat, explained prosecutor Helen Tench.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "The teenager had left some rubbish on the floor but was then confronted by a man he did not know who then grabbed him by the throat.
The BURNLEY midfielder was celebrating his opener in Burnley's 2-0 win over their bitter local rivals when the b thug raced onto the pitch and grabbed him by the throat (left).
When challenged about their alleged comments, one of the men punched the victim in the face while another grabbed him by the throat. The pair then pushed the couple off the train, despite another passenger trying to intervene.
Wright said: "I told Willie Collum before the game I'd have got a lesser suspension if I'd grabbed him by the throat!
He later grabbed him by the throat and pushed him back against a gate before punching him again.
Geoffrey Fryar, prosecuting, said Norton grabbed him by the throat and ordered him to hand over the phone.
After going over to ask Coun Fryers to leave her alone, Mr Cole told the court that the mayor jumped out of his seat, pushed him against the wall and grabbed him by the throat.
The teenager was walking along Pencoedtre Road, Gibbonsdown, Barry, when the suspect approached him, grabbed him by the throat, pushed him against a metal fence and punched him to the face.
One of the muggers tried to search through the boy's pockets and then grabbed him by the throat when he tried to get away.
Mr Mallet, who denied manslaughter, told police he had struck Mr Nolan but was only acting in self defence after the other man had grabbed him by the throat.
"Phil swung for me but missed and I grabbed him by the throat. But once the game was finished it was in the past.
A PAPERBOY had a terrifying ordeal when four robbers pounced, grabbed him by the throat and stole his bike.
One of the men grabbed him by the throat while the other damaged the man's van with an axe.
He confirmed that during police questioning, he had told officers the doorman had grabbed him by the throat and had his hands in his mouth but he told the lawyer that was not true, adding "I don't know" why he said it.