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grab (or take) someone by the throat

Definition of grab or take someone by the throat in English:

1Put one’s hands around someone’s throat, typically in an attempt to throttle them: Hugh grabbed him by the throat
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  • With the Laois players gaining a new stature amongst those who followed them they took Monaghan by the throat and threatened to throttle the life out of them.
  • Can you not just see the hurt look on her face when he gently takes her by the throat and throttles her to death?
  • My goodness but if he didn't grab Dot by the throat and start tee throttle her.
1.1 (grab something by the throat) Seize control of something: Scotland took the game by the throat
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  • Gill punished every Louisburgh indiscretion with a point and Stephen Broderick took the game by the throat and fired over two great points, the last one looking like it was the winner.
  • West however had tasted defeat in the second semi final and literally took the game by the throat.
  • At critical times it was Turner who took the game by the throat and kept Pioneer in the fight.
1.2Attract someone’s undivided attention: the film grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go
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  • Some films grab you by the throat and don't relent, others work a more stealthy charm and get better and better as they go along.
  • The opening of the movie grabs you by the throat.
  • If you can listen to this album without it grabbing you by the throat and bitch-slapping you to attention, then check your hearing-aid, grandpa.
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