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
References in classic literature ?
asked Fanny, meekly; for when Thomas took matters into his own hands, his sister usually submitted in spite of herself.
Damian McDowell, 18, took matters into his own hands after trouble flared outside Cafuffals bar in New Street in the town.
Teodoro took matters into his own hands in OT and his coach couldn't be any more pleased seeing his players respond to his call.
Summary: Speaker Nabih Berri took matters into his own hands by expelling two brothers who were vying to compete for municipal elections on behalf of his list in Haret Saida, south Lebanon.
The Old Bailey had heard that Wilson recruited 17-year-old Taffari Grant to help as he took matters into his own hands after Miss Bantala refused to have an abortion.
Duncan Pflaster, a New York-based playwright, took matters into his own hands, posting a Craigslist ad last month looking to cast potential pin-ups for a dueling 2015 "Naughty Jewish Boys" calendar.
The 28-year-old took matters into his own hands when the water in his Gateshead upstairs flat was turned off.
PALO ALTO -- USC doesn't really have many team leaders, so cornerback Terrell Thomas took matters into his own hands Friday night.
Roger Annies, 45, took matters into his own hands by composing and circulating a leaflet about the Royal Mail's opt-out clause concerning unsolicited mail during his rounds in the Barry area of south Wales.
A stalemate looked certain until Young, who had been on the pitch for just four minutes, took matters into his own hands.
Gilbert then took matters into his own hands and created a computer program designed to enhance the diversity of enrolled college students.
But an SRU committee decided the visiting captain defied the ref and took matters into his own hands.
Clyde player-manager Alan Kernaghan took matters into his own hands when he opened the scoring eight minutes from time against St Mirren leading them to a 2-1 victory.
Junta's son Quinlan was playing in what was supposed to be a non-contact game, but was on the receiving end of hard tackles and the truck driver took matters into his own hands.
Chancellor Kohl, who believed democracy to be an inept commissioner of architecture, promptly took matters into his own hands and appointed Schultes and Frank.