Definition of Take the bull by the horns

1. Verb. Face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it.

Generic synonyms: Confront, Face



Definition of Take the bull by the horns

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To deal with a matter in a direct manner, especially to confront a difficulty rather than avoid it. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take The Bull By The Horns

take something as read
take something in one's stride
take something in stride
take something to the grave
take stage
take steps
take stock
take ten
take that
take the Fifth
take the Fifth Amendment
take the Michael
take the air
take the biscuit
take the bull by the horns (current term)
take the cake
take the con
take the count
take the cross
take the cure
take the fall
take the field
take the fifth
take the floor
take the game to
take the heat
take the hint
take the lead
take the liberty

Literary usage of Take the bull by the horns

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1. The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow: Being Anecdotes of by Rees Howell Gronow, Joseph Grego (1892)
"Be it so, ray Lord ; but you know I invariably take the bull by the horns," replied the medico : and the matter then dropped. A short time afterwards, ..."

2. The Games & Diversions of Argyleshire by Robert Craig Maclagan (1901)
"He was the ' bull ' and the stick represented the horns. He then challenged any of the others to take the ' bull ' by the horns and put him into his stakes. ..."

3. Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country (1866)
"... prepare literally to 'take the bull by the horns.' The large heavy fellows rush upon the little beast, which is borne down by weight of numbers. ..."

4. Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856: From Gales and by Thomas Hart Benton, United States Congress (1861)
"But the gentleman from Rhode Island calls upon us to take " the bull by the horns ; " " to move an impeachment against the President at once ; " says that ..."

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