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throw the book at someone

throw the book at someone in Culture

throw the book at someone definition


To make as many charges as possible against an offender: “You may have gotten off lightly in the past, Benny, but this time we're going to throw the book at you.”

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Slang definitions & phrases for throw the book at someone

throw the book at someone

verb phrase

To impose a severe punishment, esp to assign a maximum sentence to a criminal; treat mercilessly: If he catches you one more time he'll throw the book at you

[1932+; fr the image of a judge throwing the whole lawbook full of punishment indiscriminately at the convicted person]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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