take the bull by the horns Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"take the bull by the horns" in British English

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take the bull by the horns

to do something ​difficult in a ​brave and ​determined way: Why don't you take the bull by the ​horns and ​tell him to ​leave?
(Definition of take the bull by the horns from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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take the bull by the horns

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