throw the book at


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throw the book at (one)

1. To apply all possible criminal charges to a lawbreaker; to impose the maximum possible punishment or jail sentence against a convicted criminal. After his third offense, the judge threw the book at the criminal, making parole all but an impossibility.
2. To punish or reprimand someone as severely as possible. The disciplinary board threw the book at him for the derogatory tirade he leveled at his employees.
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throw the book at someone

Fig. to charge or convict someone with as many crimes as is possible. I made the police officer angry, so he took me to the station and threw the book at me. The judge threatened to throw the book at me if I didn't stop insulting the police officer.
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throw the book at

Punish or reprimand severely, as in I just knew the professor would throw the book at me for being late with my paper. This expression originally meant "sentence a convicted person to the maximum penalties allowed," the book being the roster of applicable laws. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
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throw the book at

charge or punish someone as severely as possible or permitted. informal
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throw the book at

1. To make all possible charges against (a lawbreaker, for example).
2. To reprimand or punish severely.
See also: book, throw
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If they tried to cash in by cheating kids out of a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Royal Mail should throw the book at them.
Rooney (above) is one of the best players in the world and it re-ignites the argument that if we are to throw the book at one of the big boys when they do it, then maybe everyone else will stop.
It is time that the courts took heed of public opinion and throw the book at him.
Australia lawyers are planning to throw the book at the pair - that rat could have been one of their colleagues.
UEFA are now rightly going to throw the book at Inter Milan for their fans appalling behaviour.
HEARTS chairman George Foulkes has warned the SFA will be made to look a 'laughing stock' if they throw the book at his club.
UEFA are ready to throw the book at Didier Drogba - it's 4-9 he'll need lengthy treatment.
Now they want the SFA to throw the book at the Pars chairman.
Paul Jackson, Mr Lloyd's cousin, said: "He wanted to throw the book at them.
Now his bosses should throw the book at him after all, that's what he would do if it was one of us.
The FA are primed to throw the book at him for battering Dabo, who described himself as looking like the 'Elephant Man' because of the facial injuries he suffered.
LEICESTER won't ask UEFA to throw the book at Red Star Belgrade for their supporters' bad behaviour.
One player, who didn't want to be named, said: "Rangers should throw the book at him and they should tell the public how Petric has been punished.
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