take matters into (one's) own hands

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take matters 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). 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.
See also: hand, matter, own, take

take matters into your own ˈhands

do something yourself, because you are tired of waiting for somebody else to do it: The police were doing nothing about finding my car, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and look for it myself.
See also: hand, matter, own, take
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Cue Carl taking matters into his own hands, which led to his mate being slashed, and Carl being driven off by the baddies to God knows where (his death?
Commuters in South Wales have complained of late trains and overcrowding, with one passenger taking matters into his own hands and refusing to get off his train several stops short of his destination as bosses tried to speed up later services.
In a recent interview, Tupikin recalled approvingly how Lebed had asked Moldovan forces to stop harassing Russian positions, before taking matters into his own hands and ordering an artillery barrage.