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jump down (one's) throat

To yell at or scold one harshly, often unexpectedly. Whoa, don't jump down my throat—I'm just the messenger here. Talk to the boss if you're unhappy with this decision.
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jump down someone's throat

Strongly criticize, reprimand or disagree with someone. For example, Just because I admitted to being there, you needn't jump down my throat. [Late 1800s] Also see jump all over someone.
See also: down, jump, throat
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jump down someone's throat

INFORMAL
If someone jumps down your throat, they react in a very angry way to something you have said or done. If I even asked her about her day, she'd jump down my throat, as if I were interrogating her. Is your boss more likely to jump down your throat than listen to your useful suggestions?
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

jump down someone's throat

respond to what someone has said in a sudden and angrily critical way. informal
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jump down someone's throat, to

To criticize, reprimand, or disagree sharply and suddenly. This vivid metaphor has been around since the late nineteenth century. Anthony Trollope used it in his Cousin Henry (1879): “Was she to jump down your throat when you asked her?”
See also: down, jump, to
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