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go for the jugular

To attack in the most aggresive way possible or where the victim is most vulnerable. Despite the imagery, the term is almost never used to refer to physical violence. (The jugular is a vein in the neck that transports blood between the head and the heart, and is a common target for some predators.) If you want to go for the jugular against your opponent, I have some damaging information you might be interested in.
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go for the jugular

COMMON If someone goes for the jugular, they attack or criticize someone very severely, causing the most damage or biggest defeat possible. In fact, the 29-year-old Italian won just four points in the whole set as his opponent went for the jugular. Both newpapers went for the jugular yesterday in fierce attacks on the senator. Note: You can also say that someone goes for the throat. She decided to forget about charming him and go for the throat. Note: The jugular vein is a large vein in the neck and supplies blood to the neck and face.
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go for the jugular

be aggressive or unrestrained in making an attack.
1997 Cosmopolitan Once she decides she wants a man, she goes for the jugular and doesn't give a hoot about any other woman (such as his girlfriend).
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go for the ˈjugular

(informal) attack somebody’s weakest point during a discussion in an aggressive way: Harry decided that there was no point trying to be nice to these people — he would have to go straight for the jugular.
The jugular vein is a large vein in the neck that carries blood from the head to the heart.
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Five weeks on from England's World Cup humilation in South Africa, England keeper James was beaten three times as Millwall's ferocious Lions went for the jugular with goals from Darren Ward, Danny Schofield and Paul Robinson securing all three points.
Although Salita rose groggily, Pabon let him continue but Khan was in no mood to hang around and went for the jugular.
The Glebe Park men went for the jugular after the break and they wrapped up the points two minutes in when John Ward climbed above the Rangers defence to power home Byers' corner from the left.
After a slow start to the game, both sides found their feet and went for the jugular.
Jamie Moriarty shrewdly went for the jugular three out and his mount responded in the gamest of fashion to register a five-length call from Bronze Dancer.
Both sides went for the jugular late on with chances falling at either end but a point apiece was a fair result in the end.
We went for the jugular and were repaid by a magnificent victory in which every player in black and white was a hero.
We lost a goal then went for the jugular and it was good to see.