take (something) into one's (own) hands


: to take control of something : seek to do something that is the responsibility of others
The judge had no sympathy for people who insisted on taking the law into their own hands.
After months of waiting for something to happen, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Dictionary Entries Near take (something) into one's (own) hands

Cite this Entry

“Take (something) into one's (own) hands.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20%28something%29%20into%20one%27s%20%28own%29%20hands. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!