take the bull by the horns

idiom

: to deal with a difficult situation in a very direct or confident way
She decided to take the bull by the horns and try to solve the problem without any further delay.

Examples of take the bull by the horns in a Sentence

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“Take the bull by the horns.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20the%20bull%20by%20the%20horns. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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