[juhg-yuh-ler, joo-gyuh-]
of or pertaining to the throat or neck.
noting or pertaining to any of certain large veins of the neck, especially one (external jugular vein) collecting blood from the superficial parts of the head or one (internal jugular vein) collecting blood from within the skull.
(of a fish) having the pelvic fins at the throat, before the pectoral fins.
Anatomy. a jugular vein.
go for the jugular, to attack a vital and vulnerable trait, feature, element, etc., in an attempt to overcome somebody or something swiftly and totally: The defense attorney went right for the jugular by attempting to destroy the witness's credibility.

1590–1600; < Late Latin jugulāris, equivalent to Latin jugul(um) throat (see jugulate) + -āris -ar1

interjugular, adjective
postjugular, adjective
subjugular, adjective

juggler, jugular.
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jugular (ˈdʒʌɡjʊlə)
1.  of, relating to, or situated near the throat or neck
2.  of, having, or denoting pelvic fins situated in front of the pectoral fins: a jugular fish
3.  short for jugular vein
4.  go for the jugular to make a savage and destructive attack on an enemy's weakest point
[C16: from Late Latin jugulāris, from Latin jugulum throat]

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1597, from Mod.L. jugularis, from L. jugulum "collarbone, throat, neck," dim. of jugum "yoke," related to iungere "to join," from PIE *yeug- "to join" (cf. Skt. yugam "yoke," yunjati "binds, harnesses," yogah "union;" Hittite yugan "yoke;" Gk. zygon "yoke," zeugnyanai "to join, unite;" O.C.S. igo, O.Welsh
iou "yoke;" Lith. jungas "yoke," jungiu "fastened in a yoke;" O.E. geoc "yoke;" probably also L. iuxta "close by").
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jugular jug·u·lar (jŭg'yə-lər)
Of, relating to, or located in the region of the neck or throat. n.
A jugular vein.

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see go for, def. 4.

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Example sentences
The second hits the heir in the neck, severing his jugular vein.
She goes for the jugular immediately and reaches positions that are so
  complicated they give me a headache to look at.
The bullet severed the optic nerve in his right eye before shattering his jaw
  and then lodging in his neck near his jugular vein.
Rather than talking in a mature manner about intellectual disagreements, these
  individuals have to go for the jugular.
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