go for the jugular

Definition of go for the jugular

informal
:to attack or criticize an opponent in a very aggressive way
  • He will very quickly go for the jugular in the debate.

Word by Word Definitions

go play
  1. : to move on a course : proceed — compare stop

  2. : to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied : leave, depart

  3. : to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure

  1. : the act or manner of going

  2. : the height of fashion : rage

  3. : an often unexpected turn of affairs : occurrence

  1. : functioning properly : being in good and ready condition

  1. : a game played between two players who alternately place black and white stones on a board checkered by 19 vertical lines and 19 horizontal lines in an attempt to enclose the larger area on the board

jugular play
  1. : jugular vein

  2. : the most vital or vulnerable part of something

  1. : of or relating to the throat or neck

  2. : of or relating to the jugular vein


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