grab the bull by its horns

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grab the bull by its horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I grabbed the bull by its 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 its horns and go find a job!
See also: bull, grab, horn
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at MOCA in Los Angeles, where many of the works vacillate between dethroning the feminine from the temple of classical beauty and worshipping it in the guise of mass struggle, Knight grabs the bull by its horns.