tiger by the tail

tiger by the tail

Something too difficult to manage or cope with, as in You know nothing about the commodities market; you'll end up catching a tiger by the tail . This colorful metaphor conjures up the image of grabbing a powerful but fierce animal by the tail, only to have it turn on one. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: tail, tiger
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Louisiana lawmakers grabbed a tiger by the tail when they passed a bill "exempting certain persons from the requirements of the big exotic cat rules.
Given our rapid growth since inception (90 days ago), we realized we had a tiger by the tail, and needed a seasoned executive who understands the intricacies involved in expanding operations," said Mike Maurer, chief executive officer and founding partner of Steward Partners.
It certainly looks good, but when you unleash the 280ps of power lurking under the bonnet you know that you have a tiger by the tail, but a tiger that is helped to stay on track by some impressive technology.
It certainly looks good but when you unleash the 280ps of power, you know that you have a tiger by the tail, a beast helped to stay on track by impressive technology.
It certainly looks good but when you unleash the 280PS of power lurking under the bonnet you know that you have a tiger by the tail, but a tiger that is helped to stay on track by some impressive technology.
So, Sheffield Tigers will try to crash the Stourton party finding its them who have a tiger by the tail and facing a club galvanised by earlier events.
Tiger By the Tail follows Mike Harmon and his Keldara team from Hong Kong to Thailand and beyond as they find themselves chasing pirates for fun until classified materials revealing a top-secret technology are found among the loot.
The research does not nix the theory - called the morphogen theory - but science may now have a hypothetical tiger by the tail as they try to figure out this aspect of how Nature works.
DAVID Cameron has a tiger by the tail on the issue of Europe.
Agrees Ferrar: "You have a tiger by the tail because you couldn't stop it if you wanted to.
Mamelodi Sundowns knew they had a tiger by the tail when they employed Bulgarian legend Hristo Stoichkov to lead the Brazilians, and now it appears that they have deserted him in his time of need.
He disagreed with Mr Quest's suggestion that Bahrain was "trying to hold the democratic tiger by the tail and that is inevitable that it is going to come and bite".
We really feel we have the tiger by the tail and we'll be looking at other opportunities to grow the business in the near future.
Moseley feature in Tiger by the Tail Part II at Billesley Common this afternoon, hoping the sequel will turn out rather differently to last week's first version at Park Lane.
Another such absolutism is the belief that "outside the Church, there is no salvation," although, in this, theologians have a tiger by the tail.