jugular

noun
jug·​u·​lar | \ ˈjə-gyə-lər How to pronounce jugular (audio) also ˈjü- How to pronounce jugular (audio) also -g(ə-)lər How to pronounce jugular (audio) \

Definition of jugular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the most vital or vulnerable part of something showed an instinct for the jugular in competition

jugular

adjective

Definition of jugular (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the throat or neck
2 : of or relating to the jugular vein

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Examples of jugular in a Sentence

Noun a sadistic training instructor who would seek out a recruit's jugular and then go for it
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Carolyn Varanese crumpled to the floor as Smokey went for her jugular while her 57-year-old son beat back the dog with anything in reach, including his mother’s wheelchair. Andrew Boryga, sun-sentinel.com, "Family adopted rescue dog two weeks ago, and then it mauled its owner to death," 31 Aug. 2020 The 2020 Buckeyes have a Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback with a big arm, a couple of emerging stars in the receiver corps and a coach willing to take chances and go for the jugular early. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Will Ohio State football have two 1,000-yard receivers in 2020? Mark It Down Monday on Buckeye Talk Podcast," 6 July 2020 In his phone call with The Nation, though, Popovich went for the political jugular. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "As George Floyd protests rage, Popovich goes all in on Trump," 1 June 2020 Upon finding a murder victim, a secondary character will very gently hold two fingers against the supine victim’s jugular and, less than two seconds later, declare the victim dead. Sarah Manguso, The New York Review of Books, "My Quarantine: Cozy Mysteries," 31 May 2020 Rising comedy stars are ready to go for the jugular in a setting that’s more rap battle than comedic stage. Hunter Johnson, Dallas News, "Things to do in Irving: Movie party, festivals, pub crawls, races and more," 27 Feb. 2020 Sheridan said that a wound to a vein, such as the jugular, was less likely to spurt. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Forensics experts open second week of war crimes trial of Navy SEAL," 25 June 2019 But a few companies also went right for the nostalgia jugular. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Automakers are tapping nostalgia to promote electric cars — and it’s working," 25 Aug. 2018 The way to stand out from the others is to go hammer and tongs for the opponents’ jugulars, or to try to sound more extreme than the others. Jim Jones, idahostatesman, "This wretched election shows why the closed GOP primary is bad for Idaho voters," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of jugular

Noun

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jugular

Adjective

Late Latin jugularis, from Latin jugulum collarbone, throat, from jugum yoke — more at yoke

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The first known use of jugular was in 1597

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11 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jugular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jugular. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for jugular

jugular

adjective
jug·​u·​lar | \ ˈjəg-yə-lər also ˈjüg- or -(ə-)lər \

Medical Definition of jugular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the throat or neck
2 : of or relating to the jugular vein jugular pulsations

jugular

noun

Medical Definition of jugular (Entry 2 of 2)

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