take (something) by the throat

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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: by, take, throat
References in classic literature ?
They were no sooner shut in there, than Mr Flintwinch took her by the throat, and shook her until she was black in the face.
Mrs Janes went into a bedroom to find a mobile phone to call the police but her husband followed and took her by the throat and threw her onto the bed in full view of their children.
I found Terry Game was a bully to the woman who he lived with and in an outburst of violence, a loss of temper, in the early hours of August 3 he took her by the throat and quite literally strangled her.
Magistrates had convicted her of a racially-aggravated assault after hearing she called her victim racist names as she punched her and took her by the throat.
In the case of the woman, Fendick dragged her into her home after seizing her by the hair, took her by the throat and made off with cash hidden in her bra.
lunging at her, the younger woman took her by the throat, "you know what I'm like, mam," she hissed, "anybody hurts me, I hurt them.
Fendick dragged the woman into her own home after seizing her by the hair, took her by the throat and made off with cash she had hidden in her bra.