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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Instead of collapsing with a fit of princessy vapours, she took matters into her own hands and called Jessica herself to make sure nothing else happened.
In 2009, she took matters into her own hands and designed a prototype basket liner from colorful fabric, then honed the design with professionals and launched her company.
Summary: DUBAI - A housemaid, who was allegedly subjected to repeated sexual assaults by her employer for a week, took matters into her own hands and cut off his offending organ to end her torment on Monday.
She took matters into her own hands, founding a group that offered a holistic approach in treating everyone in the circles of cancer -- the patient at the center, surrounded by family, friends and community.
Eventually a frantic Mrs Williams took matters into her own hands and drove her son to the casualty department at the University Hospital of Wales where he was admitted for treatment.
Mother-of-two Mandy Gregory took matters into her own hands when Telford and Wrekin Borough Council, in Shropshire, scaled back its refuse service to once every two weeks.
While San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom gave an order that has resulted in thousands of same-sex marriages in the City by the Bay, Boulder County clerk Clela Rorex took matters into her own hands after securing an option from the district attorney's office that Colorado law allowed her to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Frustrated by Atlanta's inability to collect revenue it is owed, Mayor Shirley Franklin recently took matters into her own hands, personally calling some of the top debtors to the city's Sanitation Department.
So she took matters into her own hands and e-mailed David immediately after joining, and they were engaged in September 2003.
A lifelong boater and professional sewer, Sheri Tingey was dissatisfied with the quality of the packrafts--packable rafts--on the market, so she took matters into her own hands and launched Alpacka Raft in 2000.
The 24- year-old beauty took matters into her own hands when she and her V For Vendetta co-stars, including John Hurt, popped in for dinner at the exclusive Benares Restaurant in London's Berkeley Square.
One semester in high school, when her family fell behind in her tuition payments, Jerro took matters into her own hands.
Disillusioned by traditional Wall Street rules, Ellen McGirt took matters into her own hands, creating one of the quickest growing Web sites on the net.
When that didn't solve the problem, the teacher took matters into her own hands.