throw the book at (one)

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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 someone

If a person in authority throws the book at someone who has committed an offence, they punish them severely. The prosecutor is urging the judge to throw the book at Green. `If this is found to be true then we will throw the book at the clubs involved,' Barry Smart, the chairman of the league, said yesterday. Note: This expression refers to a book in which laws are written down.
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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 ˈbook at somebody

(informal) punish or criticize somebody for as many things as possible: The police stopped me for speeding and threw the book at me for everything — faulty lights, dangerous tyres, no insurance...
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throw the book at someone

tv. [for the police] to charge someone with everything possible; [for a judge] to find someone guilty of everything possible. (As if one were being charged with violating all the laws in a law book.) The judge wanted to throw the book at Joel Cairo, but the prosecutor convinced him to go easy in hope that Cairo would lead them to Mr. Gutman.
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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.
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