take (something) into (one's) own hands

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take (something) into (one's) own hands

To deal with, manage, or do something oneself, especially after having relied on others to do it (and perhaps deeming that they did not do it properly or sufficiently). Often used with "matters." This project isn't being managed properly, so I'm just going to have to take matters into my own hands and start supervising the work directly. It's time to take your schoolwork into your own hands—you can't rely on your friends to help you with every class.
See also: hand, own, take
References in classic literature ?
Lecount stepped aside to open the garden gate, Noel Vanstone seized his opportunity and shot a last tender glance at Magdalen, under shelter of the umbrella, which he had taken into his own hands for that express purpose.
Anything coach (Mike) Batesole hasn't handled, he's pretty much taken into his own hands,'' shortstop Adam Kennedy said.