throw the book at

idiom

Definition of throw the book at 

informal

: to punish (someone) as severely as possible The judge threatened to throw the book at him if he committed another offense.

Learn More about throw the book at

Share throw the book at

Statistics for throw the book at

Look-up Popularity

Comments on throw the book at

What made you want to look up throw the book at? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!