take the bull by its horns

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take the bull by its horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I took 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 take the bull by its horns and go find a job!
See also: bull, horn, take
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