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tirarse a la yugular

English translation: to go for the jugular

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Spanish term or phrase:tirarse a la yugular
English translation:to go for the jugular
Entered by: Henry Hinds
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10:18 Jun 10, 2001
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: tirarse a la yugular
This appears in a transcription of a meeting in Puerto Rico.
"Porque yo entiendo que a nosotros se nos tiró, como suelen decir y he escuchado en muchas ocasions, a la yugular...Porque cuando usted tiene un niño que se enferma, es la vida la que está ahi."
Jeanne Zang
United States
Local time: 12:09
to go for the jugular
Explanation:
"Because I understand he went to the jugular on us, as they say and as I've heard many times... Because when you have a child get sick, there's a life at stake there."

An idiomatic US translation. This expression does exist literally.
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Henry Hinds
United States
Local time: 10:09
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Summary of answers provided
naBe extremely agressive / Want to kill or destroy
Bertha S. Deffenbaugh
nago for the kill
Rufino Pérez De La Sierra
nato go for the jugular
Henry Hinds
nathey went for jagular on us / slaughtered us / killed us
Davorka Grgic
napierce to the very heart
Terry Burgess


  

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15 mins
pierce to the very heart


Explanation:
I have heard this expression used in Spanish in the context of "going for the jugular", i.e., "to willfully and deeply hurt someone", however, given the context here of "a sick child", I believe what they are trying to say is that "to see a sick child pierces us to the very heart".
Really hope this helps.

Terry Burgess
Mexico
Local time: 11:09
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 2372

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20 mins
they went for jagular on us / slaughtered us / killed us


Explanation:
yagular = jagular, to slaughter

go for the jugular: to make an attack that is intended to be highly destructive and conclusive (informal)

Es una opción.

Espero haberte ayudado.

Que te vaya bien.




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Davorka Grgic
Local time: 18:09
Native speaker of: Native in CroatianCroatian, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 498
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23 mins
to go for the jugular


Explanation:
"Because I understand he went to the jugular on us, as they say and as I've heard many times... Because when you have a child get sick, there's a life at stake there."

An idiomatic US translation. This expression does exist literally.


    Exp.
Henry Hinds
United States
Local time: 10:09
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1 hr
go for the kill


Explanation:
Used in bussines when winning a deal, or breaking an opponent.


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Rufino Pérez De La Sierra
Canada
Local time: 13:09
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 214
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1 hr
Be extremely agressive / Want to kill or destroy


Explanation:
In spanish we have several popular (slang-type) expressions that mean more or less the same.

"Tirarse a la yugular", "tirarse a matar", "darle con todo", etc.

Attemtping at translating them literally is in vain.

Regards,

BD

Bertha S. Deffenbaugh
United States
Local time: 10:09
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 219
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