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English definition of “go for the jugular”

go for the jugular

to make serious effort to defeat someone, usually by criticizing or harming them in a cruel way: Cunningham went straight for the jugular, telling him that his work was a complete disaster.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of go for the jugular from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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