Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

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.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for throw the book at someone

Word Value for throw

Scrabble Words With Friends