grab the bull by the horns

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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!
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It's all about grabbing the bull by the horns and just pushing.
Meanwhile, fair play to Queen's Park striker Paul Ronald (right) for grabbing the bull by the horns and o r g a n i s i n g a n end-of-year bash last week.
Not only is he grabbing the bull by the horns, Varkatzas is getting bullish on his destiny on the lead-off single, "Becoming the Bull.
Although they may be grabbing the bull by the horns and making the first move, women seem to have less romantic inclination than their male counterparts.
There's a sense of pride that can simply overcome you like a cowboy sliding off his horse, grabbing the bull by the horns and snapping its head back causing it to fall to the ground in submission.
Where there are some farming fathers waving goodbye to their sons, losing any hope of passing on their prized family business, a new generation is grabbing the bull by the horns and moving into the industry.
Nicky Mackay was grabbing the bull by the horns and making all aboard Ettrick Water