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take the bull by the horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. Primarily heard in US. I took the bull by the horns and confronted my manager about the blatant sexism in the office. You've been complaining about being out of work for too long—it's time to take the bull by the horns and go find a job.
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take the bull by the horns

Fig. to confront a problem head-on and deal with it openly. It's time to take the bull by the horns and get this job done.
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take the bull by the horns

Confront a problem head-on, as in We'll have to take the bull by the horns and tackle the Medicare question. This term most likely alludes to grasping a safely tethered bull, not one the matador is fighting in the ring. [c. 1800]
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take the bull by the horns

If you take the bull by the horns, you act with determination to deal with a difficult situation. This is the time to take the bull by the horns and tackle the complex issues of finance. Note: Verbs such as grasp, grab and seize are sometimes used instead of take. If marriage is what you truly want, you may have to seize the bull by the horns. Note: In bullfighting, the matador sometimes grasps the bull's horns before killing it.
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