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.

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“Throw the book at.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throw%20the%20book%20at. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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