take the bull by the horns

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take the bull by the horns

To approach, confront, or deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with clear, confident action. I took the bull by the horns and confronted my manager about the blatant sexism in the office. You've been complaining about being out of work for too long—it's time to take the bull by the horns and go find a job.
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take the bull by the horns

Fig. to confront a problem head-on and deal with it openly. It's time to take the bull by the horns and get this job done.
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take the bull by the horns

Confront a problem head-on, as in We'll have to take the bull by the horns and tackle the Medicare question. This term most likely alludes to grasping a safely tethered bull, not one the matador is fighting in the ring. [c. 1800]
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take the bull by the horns

If you take the bull by the horns, you act with determination to deal with a difficult situation. This is the time to take the bull by the horns and tackle the complex issues of finance. Note: Verbs such as grasp, grab and seize are sometimes used instead of take. If marriage is what you truly want, you may have to seize the bull by the horns. Note: In bullfighting, the matador sometimes grasps the bull's horns before killing it.
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take (or grab) the bull by the horns

deal bravely and decisively with a difficult, dangerous, or unpleasant situation.
2000 Andrew Calcutt Brit Cult The government has failed to take the bull by the horns, thereby granting ‘hunt sabs’ a new lease of life.
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take the ˌbull by the ˈhorns

(informal) deal with a difficult or dangerous situation in a direct and brave way: I decided to take the bull by the horns and ask the bank for a loan.
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We, in Lagos State and the Lagos State Judiciary, in particular, have taken the bull by the horns and implemented the Honourable CJN's directive by designating four courts as Special Offences Courts to hear corruption and financial crime cases.
Here at Levy towers, her indoors has taken the bull by the horns and ordered me up the ladder to clean out the gutters.
She says: "However, following the recommendations in Lord Heseltine's report Tees Valley: Opportunity Unlimited report (published last summer) to secure a strong and sustainable economic future for the Tees Valley, we have taken the bull by the horns on digital.
World Rugby work in four year cycles in terms of amendments to the laws and we've taken the bull by the horns in sticking our hand up to trial them.
But Sean has taken the bull by the horns and this is the hardest I've ever seen him work.
An enterprising woman has taken the bull by the horns and opened her own ice cream shop, called Affogato.
First of all, I think it's really wonderful that you've come along and taken the bull by the horns to try to help your boyfriend.
Time and again, the Company has taken the bull by the horns and addressed the crux of the issue when competitors brought operations to a crushing halt.
SO finally Carwyn Jones has taken the bull by the horns and set out his stall in his bid to succeed Rhodri Morgan as First Minister (officially in September 2009, but watch this space).
After the defensive-minded line-up for Saturday's 1-0 victory over Wales, the 38-year-old has taken the bull by the horns for tonight's clash with Slovakia.
Roeder has already taken the bull by the horns by announcing not only a team unchanged from the side which did so brilliantly at White Hart Lane but also the fact that he will include the same five substitutes on his bench.
The firm's managing director David Owens said, 'The board have taken the bull by the horns and are on a constant learning curve with business acceleration in all areas, particularly in the Aberdare office.
We should have taken the bull by the horns post-Twickenham and had a major rethink for the future.
A young entrepreneur has taken the bull by the horns and has launched a grocery store in order to help local farmers get products directly to consumers.
Tired of watching profits go to waste due to increased landfill associated costs, market leading organic yoghurt producer, Yeo Valley Farms have taken the bull by the horns and installed a revolution [TM] 2000 series waste processor from ET2000.