take the bull by the horns


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Related to take the bull by the horns: put the cart before the horse

take the bull by the horns

To confront difficulties, or begin an action resolutely; from the cowboy sport of bulldogging, ie grabbing a steer by the horns and wrestling it to the ground.
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Verb1.take the bull by the horns - face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it
confront, face - oppose, as in hostility or a competition; "You must confront your opponent"; "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"; "The two enemies finally confronted each other"
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The Government seems to be plugging language lessons for children so I thought I'd take the bull by the horns and start teaching children in the North East.
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