To bell the cat

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to perform a very dangerous or very difficult task; - taken metaphorically from a fable about a mouse who proposes to put a bell on a cat, so as to be able to hear the cat coming.

See also: cat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
This proposal met with general applause, until an old mouse got up and said: "That is all very well, but who is to bell the Cat?" The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke.
But the bigger question is: When lynching mobs get political patronage profusely, who will dare to bell the cat?
Didn't she have the social and moral responsibility to bell the cat and rescue his victims?
Someone has to bell the cat and the big question is: Who?
It is time to bell the cat and end the bogie of extremist elements.
Perhaps it is time for me to bell the cat. For many years now, there have been rumblings of discontentment with this august body that is formed to register medical practitioners and regulate medical practice.
No one to bell the cat, breathe life into the basic law
Which leader has the requisite capability, competence, character, composure, clarity and political will to bell the cat and restructure Nigeria in a way that it will operate as a true Federalism?
But, alas, one question remained: Who will bell the cat or how to bell the cat?Thus, a grand master-plan was left asunder with this unanswered question, leaving behind a big problem unsolved: Transfixed, a 'ready, steady, go'stood standstill.
A few minutes into the informal meeting at the gathering, attended by 17 state unit members, it was clear that everyone wanted Srinivasan to resign but none was ready to bell the cat.
At the Valdai dinner, it fell to Timothy Coulter, a Harvard professor, to bell the cat, to speak truth to power.