grab the bull by the horns

grab the bull by the horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I grabbed the bull by the horns and confronted my manager about the blatant sexism in the office. I've been complaining about being out of work for too long—it's time to grab the bull by the horns and go find a job!
See also: bull, grab, horn
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So it's down to us as a group to grab the bull by the horns and give it everything to qualify.
He said after the building was placed on the list: "The state of buildings like this highlights the urgent need for Swansea Council to grab the bull by the horns or lose its fine architectural heritage.
Now it's up to the fighters to grab the bull by the horns.
It took about 15 years but in October I decided to finally grab the bull by the horns and get back to the shape I used to be in.
I know I'm going to have to grab the bull by the horns sooner rather than later, but the thought of traipsing up and down the aisles really does bring me out in a cold sweat.
To be where we are now is a remarkable achievement, and if it rains at Silverstone we'll grab the bull by the horns and give it our best shot," he said.
What we need to jump-start our economy and to create jobs is for our elected officials to step up, grab the bull by the horns and take necessary steps to make our state more business friendly.
After the rumours emerged again, however, Roberts said: "I decided to grab the bull by the horns myself" and didn't tell his superiors.
We wanted to grab the bull by the horns and help make sense of each visit to the optician, so people feel they can stop saying yes to products they probably don't need, have the confidence to ask the right questions and buy glasses where they want to.
GLOOM NO MORE Sometimes you have to grab the bull by the horns.
The answer is here right under our Blue and Red noses, it just takes someone to grab the bull by the horns.
However, I expect William Buick to grab the bull by the horns and make the running on him and that could prove crucial in what is likely to be a tactical affair.
Nobody wanted to grab the bull by the horns, so I said, `I'll do it,'?
Today, you've really got to have your business run by an entrepreneur whose going to grab the bull by the horns.