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

grab (or take) someone by the throat


  • 1Put one's hands around someone's throat, typically in an attempt to throttle them.

    • ‘Prosecutor Frank Murphy said Telford grabbed his victim by the throat before throwing him off the bus following the altercation at the bus stop in Middleleaze Drive, West Swindon.’
    • ‘Another publican reported an instance later on in the night where a barman was grabbed by the throat and held down while another person in the group filled drinks from the taps.’
    • ‘My goodness but if he didn't grab Dot by the throat and start tee throttle her.’
    • ‘On a flight to Japan, the former football hardman is said to have sworn at one woman passenger before grabbing her male companion by the throat.’
    • ‘A 39-YEAR-old man grabbed his wife by the throat and head-butted her in the face as their three children watched, a court was told.’
    • ‘An unemployed father grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and threatened to kill her in a drunken argument, Selby magistrates heard.’
    • ‘Blackburn magistrates heard that Howard Wayne Eastham grabbed his aunt by the throat during the incident and she fell to the floor.’
    • ‘Can you not just see the hurt look on her face when he gently takes her by the throat and throttles her to death?’
    • ‘I attempted to grab him by the throat, but he just fled to the ladder and scrambled up, his ‘evil’ laughter ringing in his wake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Hegarty had accused her of grabbing a co-worker by the throat - which Mrs Campbell vehemently denied - and told the man hearing her grievance that she was ‘greedy and money orientated’.’
    • ‘My heart aches for him, but my hands also itch to grab him by the throat and throttle him for a little bit for calling my best friend a whore.’
    • ‘He had been forced to discipline her for grabbing a fellow worker by the throat.’
    • ‘Another of the allegations against him aired recently in court, where he brought an unfair dismissal case, was that he grabbed his goalkeeper by the throat after a less than satisfactory performance and had to be torn off him.’
    1. 1.1grab something by the throat Seize control of something.
      ‘in the second half, the Huskies 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.’
      • ‘They proceeded to take the match by the throat with another two maximums to be in total control at 31-16 after eight races.’
      • ‘This time, he grabbed it by the throat, scoring 13 straight Minnesota points in the fourth quarter.’
      • ‘In her essay ‘Believing in Literature,’ Dorothy Allison wrote that literature provides ‘a reason to believe, a way to take the world by the throat and insist that there is more to this life than we have ever imagined.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Hoare said: ‘In essence the plan is to grab the centre by the throat and give it a really good shake.’’
      • ‘Not just managing Shakespeare but actually grabbing it by the throat and ringing every drop out of it and carrying it with such conviction.’
      • ‘Every time the Canes were in danger of losing for the first time since September 2000, McGahee grabbed the game by the throat and squeezed.’
      • ‘He had turned a match around, grabbed it by the throat and opened up a three-hole lead, only to throw it all away on the homeward nine.’
      • ‘West however had tasted defeat in the second semi final and literally took the game by the throat.’
    2. 1.2 Attract someone's undivided attention.
      ‘the movie grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go’
      • ‘Your film better scream out at people, grab them by the throat and force them to watch it.’
      • ‘At present day, if a song doesn't grab the listener by the throat and slam their faces into the radio, they change the station.’
      • ‘A breathy intro, which leads very quickly into a shouty chorus which grabs you by the throat and says ‘Listen to me!’’
      • ‘From the opening scene in the Korova Milkbar to the distressing yet thoroughly satisfying finale, the film grabs the viewer by the throat and doesn't let go.’
      • ‘The opening of the movie grabs you by the throat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's just hard to see the positive when she has this terrible habit of verbally grabbing you by the throat and banging you up against the nearest wall until your teeth rattle in your head.’
      • ‘But to show the horror of 9/11 in the background, that's just some advertising agency's attempt to grab people 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.’
      • ‘Walsh writes approvingly, ‘The intense hatred for the neocons fairly jumps off the pages of this paleocon magazine, grabs you by the throat and demands that you listen…‘’