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beard the lion

To confront risk or danger head on, especially for the sake of possible personal gain. Refers to a proverb based on a Bible story from I Samuel, in which a shepherd, David, hunts down a lion that stole a lamb, grasps it by the beard, and kills it. Risks very often don't turn out well, but if you don't face them and beard the lion, you will never achieve the success you truly desire.
See also: beard, lion

Aaron's beard

Another name for several bushy flowering plants, including the rose of Sharon. The name alludes to the Biblical Aaron and his very long beard. A: "I see these plants everywhere but I can never remember what they're called." B: "Oh, that bush? That's Aaron's beard."
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make (one's) beard

1. To be in a position of complete control over another person. The image here is of a barber shaving someone's beard (and thus holding a razor to that person's throat). It took some time, but I've made his beard—now, he does anything I say.
2. To deceive someone. Don't make my beard—tell me the truth about what happened!
See also: beard, make

beard (one) in (one's) den

To confront risk or danger head on, especially for the sake of possible personal gain. The phrase is a variation of the Biblical proverb "beard the lion in his den." OK, who is going to beard the boss in his den and tell him that the deal isn't happening?
See also: beard, den

beard the lion in his den

To confront risk or danger head on, especially for the sake of possible personal gain. Refers to a proverb based on a Bible story from I Samuel, in which a shepherd, David, hunts down a lion that stole a lamb, grasps it by the beard, and kills it. A risk very often doesn't turn out well, but if you don't face it and beard the lion in his den, you will never achieve the success you truly desire.
See also: beard, den, lion

beard the lion in his den

 and beard someone in his den
Prov. to confront someone on his or her own territory. I spent a week trying to reach Mr. Toynbee by phone, but his secretary always told me he was too busy to talk to me. Today I walked straight into his office and bearded the lion in his den. If the landlord doesn't contact us soon, we'll have to beard him in his den.
See also: beard, den, lion

beard the lion

Confront a danger, take a risk, as in I went straight to my boss, bearding the lion. This term was originally a Latin proverb based on a Bible story (I Samuel 17:35) about the shepherd David, who pursued a lion that had stolen a lamb, caught it by its beard, and killed it. By Shakespeare's time it was being used figuratively, as it is today. Sometimes the term is amplified to beard the lion in his den, which may combine the allusion with another Bible story, that of Daniel being shut in a lions' den for the night (Daniel 6:16-24).
See also: beard, lion

beard the lion in his den (or lair)

confront or challenge someone on their own ground.
This phrase developed partly from the idea of being daring enough to take a lion by the beard and partly from the use of beard as a verb to mean ‘face’, i.e. to face a lion in his den.
See also: beard, den, lion
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Johnston begins with a valuable discussion of the concepts associated with the term 'fetish' and the ambiguities and instabilities of the registers of value to which the beard was subjected.
I hate pencil beards, tufts of hair on the bottom lip, designer beards and uncombed beards, mine gets combed several times a day or it gets tatty.
Yasser Arafat, of course, had a soft beard, but to most Westerners, he simply seemed to be unshaven.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg also elicited some agreement from the Arkansas lawyer when she said, ''You have no comparable rule about hair on one's head, where it seems more could be hidden than in the beard.
Andy Gray, on left, and David Thompson at Rude Grooming, right, |where they have seen an increase in customers like this chap getting a beard trim from Andy, above 180914RUDEGROOMING PICTURE RIGHT BY IAN COOPER
This forced beard shaving procedure almost destroyed my family.
Whatever the catalyst, in the past 12 months beards have exploded to the extent that at the beginning of this year, the British boss behind the King Of Shaves razors claimed the trend was having a negative effect on his business.
In addressing this research question, this article builds on a vast secondary literature about Beard and his scholarship.
The resolution demanded that Dera Ghazi Khan Deputy Commissioner should be directed to impose a ban on various designs of beard common among youth these days.
The only time you can have a beard is if it's for religious reasons.
Harris (inset) started growing his beard in 2017 to get a nod for this year's awards, which took place at the weekend.
NEW YORK -- All one has to do to know the beard trend is still in full swing is look around at all the men sporting facial hair.
HLee Andrews - who sports the same fuzzy facial style as the rockers - had to settle for bronze in the world beard and moustache championships, staged in Austin earlier this month.
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