to throw the book at

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - throw the book at

"to throw the book at"

to punish or criticize someone as severely as possible


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - throw the book at

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard from Harold? How was his sentencing hearing?

Friend 2:  The judge threw the book at him and gave him the maximum sentence of twenty years in jail.

Friend 1:  Makes sense as that was Harold's third offence drinking and driving. Harold is lucky that the pedestrian he hit with his car did not die.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - throw the book at

Two students are talking ...

Student 1:  How did your meeting with the Dean go?

Student 2:  About what I expected after being caught cheating on an exam.

Student 1:  Did she throw the book at you?

Student 2:  Yes. She explained the school's zero tolerance policy on cheating and plagiarizing and removed that course from my record. She also expelled me from school, not to mention a rather severe reprimand for despicable moral behavior.

Student 1:  Ouch. That is severe.

to throw the book at - Usage:


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to throw the book at - Gerund Form:

Throwing the book at the convicted felon, the judge gave the maximum sentence allowed.

to throw the book at - Examples:

1)  ... demanding prosecutors throw the book at the short-fused motorist accused of punching a 68-year-old man who fell into ...

2)  We want zero tolerance, and when people do the wrong thing we need to throw the book at them.

3)  ... people continue to commit such offences and she said she will not hesitate to throw the book at anyone who has been found to have transgressed.

4)  ... that level of danger and intimidation. We obviously want the NHL to throw the book at repeat offenders.

5)  ... so they should be punished so. Throw the book at them, take points off them, punish them appropriately by doing ...

6)  If the shooter used a firearm out of rage, throw the book at him. Hopefully, evidence will be clear about the incident.

7)  Just throw the book at them and give them heavy sentences.

8)  A prosecutor has urged a judge to ignore sentencing guidelines and throw the book at a gang of robbers who stole millions from a safe-deposit company.

9)  So, it was within the Commissioner's rights to throw the book at Johnson immediately.

10)  ... the state's environmental watchdog should throw the book at the owners of a ...

11)  This was silly of the pilot. PIA management should throw the book at him! 

12)  The maximum he will do is to throw the book at my face and scream and shout and chase me from the place.

13)  It's time to blame and throw the book at those who spoil for everyone else.

14)  ... you have got people being terrorised - and especially women and children -- they should throw the book at them.

15)  ... few had predicted that tournament chiefs would throw the book at the Barcelona striker, ...

16)  ... but I have a terrible feeling they might throw the book at her, make an example of them.

17)  If they are bomb-makers or suicide bombers then by all means, throw the book at them.

18)  ... which is why we issue improvement notices or fines to businesses with minor offences and throw the book at businesses with major offences by suspending food business licences, prosecuting or ...

19)  The FA certainly took a dim view of it and want to throw the book at him.

20)  We want to throw the book at them and make sure that we put them out of business.