take (something) by the throat

(redirected from take him by the throat)

take (something) by the throat

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I took the situation by the throat and confronted my manager about the blatant sexism in the office. You've been complaining about being out of work for too long—it's time to take your job search by the throat.
See also: take, throat