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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!
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grab

/take the bull by the horns
To deal with a problem directly and resolutely.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"We didn't lose it because we had a chairman who stuck by us through thick and thin and really grabbed the bull by the horns and brought this club from out of the mire to where it is now," said Woodgate.
Gateshead Council has grabbed the bull by the horns and as an innovative, forward-thinking authority we're investing over the next five years to ensure our quayside becomes the number one destination in the North of England for events, sports and leisure.
Gateshead Council has grabbed the bull by the horns and as an innovative, forward thinking authority we're investing over the next five years to ensure our quayside becomes the number one destination in the North of England for events, sports and leisure.
"He's grabbed the bull by the horns and taken his performances on to another level.
Gary Clark would prove the hero as he grabbed the bull by the horns and turned the ball over straight from the restart.
Duque, together with the energetic SSS management, have embraced this challenge and grabbed the bull by the horns, so to speak.
But Thompson has now grabbed the bull by the horns as he attempts to secure his own exit from Tannadice and claw back some of the millions his family has sunk into the club during their time in charge.
John, who works at BMW dealership Williams, said: "Paul said he had wanted to get me some memorabilia so he contacted Everton, who just grabbed the bull by the horns.
He just grabbed the bull by the horns" Flo Marshallsay, 96, of Oldbury, West Midlands, recalls her feelings when her friend, Bill Griffiths, 91, proposed marriage to her "Narration interests me because it is what I have spent my life doing.
"We let Rovers back in it but grabbed the bull by the horns again."
Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, August 05, 2015 --(PR.com)-- Cindy grabbed the bull by the horns and is now the proud owner of a brand new Apple iPhone 6, awarded by Raging Bull Online Casino.
Conversely the findings reveal businesses started before this time have taken a slightly more measured and cautious approach to exporting, though there is some regret from those that wish they'd grabbed the bull by the horns a little earlier.''
"The fact that a group of private sector business have grabbed the bull by the horns and really added some new direction to what is a vital sector in our area is really refreshing.
Will, however, has worked extremely hard, grabbed the bull by the horns and proved himself as a vital team member, specifically on our social media accounts where the ability to think outside the box is essential."
Nigel Edwards "There was not one person who would have doubted they merited the selection in those teams and they have successfully grabbed the bull by the horns. It is certainly having an impact on their profiles as they are getting the recognition they deserve.