grab the bull by its horns

grab the bull by its horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I grabbed the bull by its horns and confronted my manager about the blatant sexism in the office. I've been complaining about being out of work for too long—it's time to grab the bull by its horns and go find a job!
See also: bull, by, grab, horn
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It is about time that we grab the bull by its horns, so to speak,' Barbers said, in reference to the proposed Charter change and term extension for President Duterte.
Earlier, a small gate was constructed for pedestrians to pass through both sides of the roads, but later it was blocked as well, due to which residents are suffering," the neighbours told this scribe, adding that they feared that one day they [encroachers] will convert it in a plot and construct big structure on it as there is no authority who can grab the bull by its horns.