take the bull by the horns

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take the bull by the horns

: 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

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

  2. : to seize or capture physically

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

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

bull play
  1. : a male bovine

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

  3. : one who buys securities or commodities in expectation of a price rise or who acts to effect such a rise — compare bear

  1. : of or relating to a bull

  2. : male

  3. : suggestive of a bull

  1. : to advance forcefully

  2. : to act on with violence

  3. : force

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

  2. : edict, decree

  1. : to fool especially by fast boastful talk

  2. : to engage in idle and boastful talk

  1. : a grotesque blunder in language

  2. : empty boastful talk

  3. : nonsense

horn play 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

  2. : 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

  3. : antler


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