jugular

[ juhg-yuh-ler, joo-gyuh- ]
/ ˈdʒʌg yə lər, ˈdʒu gyə- /

adjective

Anatomy.
  1. of or relating to the throat or neck.
  2. 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.

noun

Anatomy. a jugular vein.

Idioms

    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.

Origin of jugular

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

Related forms

in·ter·jug·u·lar, adjectivepost·jug·u·lar, adjectivesub·jug·u·lar, adjective

Can be confused

juggler jugular
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British Dictionary definitions for go for the jugular

jugular

/ (ˈdʒʌɡjʊlə) /

adjective

of, relating to, or situated near the throat or neck
of, having, or denoting pelvic fins situated in front of the pectoral finsa jugular fish

noun

short for jugular vein
go for the jugular to make a savage and destructive attack on an enemy's weakest point

Word Origin for jugular

C16: from Late Latin jugulāris, from Latin jugulum throat
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Medicine definitions for go for the jugular

jugular

[ jŭgyə-lər ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or located in the region of the neck or throat.

n.

A jugular vein.
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Idioms and Phrases with go for the jugular

jugular


see go for, def. 4.

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