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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

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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take (or grab) the bull by the horns

deal bravely and decisively with a difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant situation.
2000 Andrew Calcutt Brit Cult The government has failed to take the bull by the horns, thereby granting ‘hunt sabs’ a new lease of life.
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take the ˌbull by the ˈhorns

(informal) deal with a difficult or dangerous situation in a direct and brave way: I decided to take the bull by the horns and ask the bank for a loan.
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Wrexham manager Denis Smith then took the bull by the horns by bringing on two more strikers.
He's the one who took the bull by the horns - what others couldn't do in 15 years he did in a matter of a couple of months,'' Cohan said.
I can see a flashback of it there in my mind now, he took the bull by the horns and just enjoyed the whole occasion.
Linley's bitch took the bull by the horns from the traps and firstly held off a back-straight charge from the well-supported Oscar Two and then a late rally from Paul Miller's Follow The Ace who she beat by the narrowest of margins.
Robert Thornton took the bull by the horns on Trenchant (8-1) and shoved him home two lengths ahead of rival Souffleur up the gruelling final run-in.
Playing to a partisan crowd, they could do little wrong, but the originators of the twin guitar sound took the bull by the horns and gave a performance that was full of energy.
Trained in his younger days by Michael Dods before moving to Mary Reveley, Andrews took the bull by the horns and decided to give the horse one last chance by sending him down to Martin Pipe in Somerset.
Nonetheless, I think it's time we took the bull by the horns.
Paul Mulrennan, though, took the bull by the horns and made all the running on the Ann Duffield-trained six-year-old, who responded to pressure and crossed the line four lengths to the good over the 5-4 favourite Silver Games.
TV comedian Nick Hancock took the bull by the horns when he visited Birmingham to promote Comic Relief.
We took the bull by the horns and got the goals when we were on top of the game, so we're happy with the performance.
We had a chat afterwards and worked on a couple of things in training and he really took the bull by the horns .