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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: jugularis, from Latin jugulum 'throat'

jugular

noun
     
jug‧u‧lar [countable usually singular]
1

jugular vein

the large vein in your neck that takes blood from your head back to your heart
2

go for the jugular

informal to criticize or attack someone very strongly, especially in order to harm them

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