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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. 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

to forcefully attack a difficult situation I took the bull by the horns and confronted him about his drinking.
Etymology: based on the idea that holding a bull (male cow) by its horns is a brave and direct action
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take the bull by the horns

to do something difficult in a determined and confident way Why don't you take the bull by the horns and tell him to leave?
See shoot the breeze
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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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