grab the bull by the horns

grab the bull by the horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I grabbed the bull by the 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 the horns and go find a job!
See also: bull, grab, horn
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Health professionals know this, but sadly, it seems that no one in government is willing to grab the bull by the horns and look at reconstructing the monolith from the bottom up.
So now is the time for us all to grab the bull by the horns and play a full and active role in shaping the future of the Welsh economy.
If Spurs were coming down from the disappointment of just missing out to Leicester, the Gunners were seeking to silence sections of their own supporters who had turned against them after yet another season where they had failed to grab the bull by the horns.
But there seems to be a new breed in town, an eager young crew who want to grab the bull by the horns and have their say to bring about change.
So it's down to us as a group to grab the bull by the horns and give it everything to qualify.
Now it's up to the fighters to grab the bull by the horns.
It took about 15 years but in October I decided to finally grab the bull by the horns and get back to the shape I used to be in.
However, I expect William Buick to grab the bull by the horns and make the running on him and that could prove crucial in what is likely to be a tactical affair.
I know I'm going to have to grab the bull by the horns sooner rather than later, but the thought of traipsing up and down the aisles really does bring me out in a cold sweat.
To be where we are now is a remarkable achievement, and if it rains at Silverstone we'll grab the bull by the horns and give it our best shot," he said.
What we need to jump-start our economy and to create jobs is for our elected officials to step up, grab the bull by the horns and take necessary steps to make our state more business friendly.
After the rumours emerged again, however, Roberts said: "I decided to grab the bull by the horns myself" and didn't tell his superiors.
We wanted to grab the bull by the horns and help make sense of each visit to the optician, so people feel they can stop saying yes to products they probably don't need, have the confidence to ask the right questions and buy glasses where they want to.
GLOOM NO MORE Sometimes you have to grab the bull by the horns.