to throw the book at

Also found in: Idioms.
to impose the maximum fine or penalty for an offense; - usually used of judges imposing penalties for criminal acts.

See also: Book

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Following the announcement, Mr Byrne said: "I am very pleased to have been totally exonerated of any wrongdoing, despite the Police and Crime Commissioner trying to throw the book at me.
THE refusal by HMRC to throw the book at scandal-hit bank HSBC is a double outrage when the body enthusiastically pursues people with much less money who make honest mistakes.
The thing is, if they have enough evidence and find him guilty, they have to throw the book at him.
And now the head of Scotland's referees union, James Bee, has called on the Saudi FA to throw the book at the culprit.
Fuming Boro boss Steve McClaren was ready to throw the book at the Italian defender, who was dismissed early in the second half for spitting at Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips.
I AM writing to encourage your readers to throw the book at heart disease and support the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Book Appeal this May.
CASSIDY Coventry Blaze head coach Paul Thompson has cranked up the heat before his side's trip to bitter rivals Newcastle tonight by calling for ice-hockey bosses to throw the book at Vipers bad boy Andre Payette.
He insists European football's governing body are ready to throw the book at Chelsea and Barcelona for their conduct at last week's Champions League clash in the Nou Camp.
The situation, if they want to throw the book at a player, is as follows:
THE EUROPEAN Commission is threatening to throw the book at the British government over its failure to allow Britain-based donors to foreign European Union (EU) charities to deduct their generosity from their tax return.
So Uefa are going to have to throw the book at Inter for this.
THE FA are ready to throw the book at Sir Alex Ferguson over suggestions that Arsenal have been doing disciplinary 'deals' and his claim that Rio Ferdinand has already been found guilty by the game's governing body.