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Take the bull by the horns   /teɪk ðə bʊl baɪ ðə hɔrnz/   Listen
Take the bull by the horns

Face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it.

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"Take the bull by the horns" Quotes from Famous Books

... are keeping some things secret, Tom," said Ned, determined "to take the bull by the horns," as ...
— Tom Swift and his War Tank - or, Doing his Bit for Uncle Sam • Victor Appleton

... treading on dangerous ground; but as we really were worn out, and there seemed no chance of escape, I thought it best to take the bull by the horns. At the worst we should only be handed over to the enemy ...
— At the Point of the Sword • Herbert Hayens

... Constitution must be stretched, transcended, and most liberally interlined, in a fashion which would furnish annoying arguments to the disaffected. The President looked over the situation, and decided, in the proverbial phrase, to take the bull by the horns; that which clearly ought to be done he would do, law or no law, doubt or no doubt. He would have faith that the people would sustain him; and that the courts and the lawyers, among whose functions it is to ...
— Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I. • John T. Morse

Words linked to "Take the bull by the horns" :   face, confront

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