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jump down your throat | jump all over you

Meaning: If someone jumps down your throat, or jumps all over you, they strongly criticise you or scold you.

For example:

  • All I did was come twenty minutes late, and the manager jumped down my throat. I don't understand why he got so mad.

  • Janie's parents jumped all over her for forgetting to call them and tell them she'd be getting home late.

Quick Quiz:

Lucinda's boss will jump down her throat if she
  1. doesn't get the deal this time
  2. gets the deal this time
  3. helps him get the deal himself this time

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