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
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take into one's own hands, to

To assume responsibility or management. This term was first used with respect to taking the law into one’s own hands— that is, replacing the established authority with one’s own. Thomas Dekker used it in The Seven Deadly Sinnes of London (1606): “They . . . take the law into their owne hands.” The expression still is used in this way and usually implies disapproval.
See also: own, take, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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