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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!
See also: bull, by, grab, horn
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grab

/take the bull by the horns
To deal with a problem directly and resolutely.
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Apetet said action will be taken against anybody found grabbing land.
Cases of land grabbing in Turkana have become the order of the day with the poor residents being targeted due to lack of knowledge.
Kong Malea, who 'rightfully' owned a plot of land in Keo Phos commune's Rithy 2 village, has lodged a complaint against Kun Samnang, accusing him and his accomplices of grabbing her land and destroying her cash crops.
He said some villages had been merely lured by 'masterminds' into grabbing land.
'Over less than a decade, rates of land and water grabbing have dramatically increased,' said one of the study's authors, Paolo D'Odorico of the University of Virginia.
Get in the habit of grabbing your bird's handholds if you're going topside.