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beard the lion

To confront risk or danger head on, especially for the sake of possible personal gain. Refers to a proverb based on a Bible story from I Samuel, in which a shepherd, David, hunts down a lion that stole a lamb, grasps it by the beard, and kills it. Risks very often don't turn out well, but if you don't face them and beard the lion, you will never achieve the success you truly desire.
See also: beard, lion

Aaron's beard

Another name for several bushy flowering plants, including the rose of Sharon. The name alludes to the Biblical Aaron and his very long beard. A: "I see these plants everywhere but I can never remember what they're called." B: "Oh, that bush? That's Aaron's beard.
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beard the lion in his den

 and beard someone in his den
Prov. to confront someone on his or her own territory. I spent a week trying to reach Mr. Toynbee by phone, but his secretary always told me he was too busy to talk to me. Today I walked straight into his office and bearded the lion in his den. If the landlord doesn't contact us soon, we'll have to beard him in his den.
See also: beard, den, lion

beard somebody in their den

  also beard the lion in their den
to visit an important person in the place where they work, in order to tell or ask them something unpleasant A group of journalists bearded the director in his den to ask how he was going to deal with the crisis. Who's going to beard the lion in her den and explain what's gone wrong?
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beard the lion

Confront a danger, take a risk, as in I went straight to my boss, bearding the lion. This term was originally a Latin proverb based on a Bible story (I Samuel 17:35) about the shepherd David, who pursued a lion that had stolen a lamb, caught it by its beard, and killed it. By Shakespeare's time it was being used figuratively, as it is today. Sometimes the term is amplified to beard the lion in his den, which may combine the allusion with another Bible story, that of Daniel being shut in a lions' den for the night (Daniel 6:16-24).
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al-Sirraj's report: "I said to Abu 'Abd Allah (Ja'far al-Sadiq): Verily some of our companions claim that Allah is the form like man (insan) and others said that He is in the form of a beardless youth with curly hair.
132), and some iconographic readings, such as the identity of beardless kneeling winged genii as female (pp.
There is nevertheless one other feature that should be mentioned, and that is his clearly beardless state.
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The Bosnian mihrab painting Sells chose for EIM, though removed from early Sufis in time and place, still shares more with them than the beardless man who graces their Bezels of Wisdom cover shares with the historical Ibn [Arabi.
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The second group of three Neo-Babylonian seals with scenes of beardless men, belong to eunuchs.
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Seals 28-44, 60-63, 74-75, and 94 have Early Dynastic and the Early Akkadian motifs of a beardless, bald, and often nude Sumerian male (Gilgamesh?
For 200 years we've largely been led by the beardless - there's been the odd moustache along the way, but few have dabbled in full-scale facial hair.
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So - O beardless wonder - let men alone who have the courage to ignore people prejudiced against beards, perhaps because you can't grow one, and grow a decent, clean, well-groomed hirsute adornment.
a greying man with two marriageable daughters,' and not 'the beardless undergraduate from Wittenberg' (170).