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Throw the book at


Strict.  Harsh judgement.  Judge’s decision for maximum punishment. The ‘book’ refers to laws  and to ‘throw it’ is to find every rule or law broken by a defendant.

“That shopkeeper does not like skateboarders so he will throw the book at you for skating on private property.”


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