take the bull by the horns

Definition of take the bull by the horns

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  a male bovine

    :  an adult uncastrated male domestic bovine

    :  a usually adult male of various large animals (as elephants, whales, or seals)

  1. :  of or relating to a bull

    :  male

    :  suggestive of a bull

  1. :  to advance forcefully

    :  to act on with violence

    :  force

  1. :  a solemn papal letter sealed with a bulla or with a red-ink imprint of the device on the bulla

    :  edict, decree

  1. :  to fool especially by fast boastful talk

    :  to engage in idle and boastful talk

  1. :  a grotesque blunder in language

    :  empty boastful talk

    :  nonsense

hornplay horns
  1. :  one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles: such as

    :  one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skull — see cow illustration

    :  antler

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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