take control of

take control (of someone or something)

To gain, assume, or exercise the ability or authority to manage, direct, or influence something. Things have been running a lot smoother ever since Sarah took control of the project. You really need to take control of your staff, John. Their mistakes are costing this company a lot of money! I know I need to take control, but my kids are really difficult to manage.
See also: control, someone, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take control of someone or something

to get the power and right to direct someone or something. I will take control of him and see that he does what I want. Will you take control of the Wilson project?
See also: control, of, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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