- of or relating 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.
Origin of jugular
- 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
- short for jugular vein
- go for the jugular to make a savage and destructive attack on an enemy's weakest point
Word Origin and History for go for the jugular
1590s, "pertaining to the throat or neck" (especially in reference to the great veins of the neck), from Modern Latin jugularis, from Latin iugulum "collarbone, throat, neck," diminutive of iugum "yoke," related to iungere "to join," from PIE *yeug- "to join" (cf. Sanskrit yugam "yoke," yunjati "binds, harnesses," yogah "union;" Hittite yugan "yoke;" Greek zygon "yoke," zeugnyanai "to join, unite;" Old Church Slavonic igo, Old Welsh iou "yoke;" Lithuanian jungas "yoke," jungiu "fastened in a yoke;" Old English geoc "yoke;" probably also Latin iuxta "close by"). As a noun, 1610s, from the adjective.
- Of, relating to, or located in the region of the neck or throat.
- A jugular vein.
Idioms and Phrases with go for the jugular
see go for, def. 4.