go for the throat

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go for the throat

To engage in an aggressive attack against someone without holding back or showing any mercy; to attack the most vulnerable part of someone. The phrase is usually (though not always) understood as referring to a non-physical attack. Similar to the phrase "go for the jugular." This is politics, and the candidates aren't going to play nice during the debate—they're going to go for the throat any chance they get. If you tangle with him, don't expect a fair fight—he'll go for the throat.
See also: throat
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Butler sensed a vulnerability and went for the throat after Olteanu returned to his feet, and within seconds the referee waved the fight over - despite a somewhat perfunctory protest from Olteanu.
It went for the throat of a lurcher which was being walked on the same street on July 4, Teesside Magistrates' Court heard.
Before Monday's one-day clash England player Jonathan Trott went for the throat of Pakistan rival Wahab Riaz which really dismayed ICC chiefs who had backed him to go for the solar plexus.
They went for the throat, and half-time came at the right time for us.
And number two Thompson went for the throat after a week in which chairman David Moores' shareholders' report has been used to attack Houllier.
Jags' battling performance at home to Celtic gave the champions their biggest test of the domestic season so far - scraping a 1-0 win - as their boss went for the throat by playing three up front.
It was last chance saloon for the French against Galatasaray and they went for the throat from the first whistle.
City went for the throat in a compelling first half that saw them score two priceless goals in five minutes, a bodyblow that local rivals Bolton never recovered from.
He picked the ball up and went for the throat of the Bradford defence, jinking past two tackles before prodding the ball beyond keeper Gary Walsh.
The visitors went for the throat right from kick-off and after just 23 minutes they won a corner when defender David Farrell deflected a Gordon Forrest shot.