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English definition of “take the bull by the horns”

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take the bull by the horns

to deal with a difficult situation in a very direct way: I took the bull by the horns and confronted him about his mistreatment of the workers.
Translations of “take the bull by the horns”
in Chinese (Traditional) 當機立斷, 大膽應對困難…
in Chinese (Simplified) 当机立断, 大胆应对困难…
(Definition of take the bull by the horns from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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