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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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The plot of the movie is great, a messed up family with more secrets and hatred for one another than hotel guests, a kill-them-with-charm casanova who has a sick and twisted obsession with his sister, a bitter old wife and two competing daughters one secretively ambitious and one that grabs the bull by the horns, all work together to make Wolwedans in die Skemer a fantastic movie.
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