to grab the bull by the horns meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to grab the bull by the horns" idiom?
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Idiom Scenario 1:


Johnny is a 14 year old teenage boy.  His bedroom is a mess.  There are dirty dishes and dirty clothes everywhere.
"Johnny needs to grab the bull by the horns."
Johnny needs to decide to get to work and clean his room.  He needs to take charge in a forceful way and determine to get the job done.
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Idiom Definition:


"to grab the bull by the horns"
to manage a situation or problem using strength and determination
to take charge of a situation, usually forcefully and with vigor, often with the accompanying responsibility
 
Synonyms:
administer, aggressive, authority, bull, bullish, charge, clout, command, commanding, compel, compelling, confident, confidence, dominate, dominant, direct, dynamic, force, forceful, guts, gutsy, manage, management, oversee, potent, quarterback, rule, run, subject, superintend, supervise, supreme, sway, take, weight
 
 
This man is literally grabbing the bull by the horns. - - - - ->  a man in shirt and tie is riding on the back of an angry bull.  the man has the horns of the bull in his hands.




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Idiom Scenario 2:


The factory floor is in total disarray.  The machines need repairs.  The workers are not working efficiently.  They are taking longer and longer coffee breaks.  Nobody is sweeping and taking out the garbage.  Nobody is taking charge of the situation.  The supervisor thinks to himself...
"I want to grab the bull by the horns.  I want to organize and increase the production of this factory, not to mention safety"
The supervisor is not sure if he should take charge.  He is unsure if his manager will approve.  He is not sure if he has enough respect and authority over the workers.  Therefore, the supervisor only wants to grab the bull by the horns.
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Idiom Usage:

It is quite common to use this idiom with:
  • "to want to".  "I want to grab the bull by the horns but I am too lazy to try"
  • "to need to".   "I need to grab the bull by the horns and get the job done.  This room is a total mess."
 
This idiom has the same meaning as:
"to take the bull by the horns"
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Grabbing the bull by the horns requires determination and courage.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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