to deal with a matter in a direct manner, especially to confront a difficulty rather than avoid it.
- You have to take the bull by the horns.
- You've got to take the bull by the horns!
- The time has come to take the bull by the horns.
- In that respect, your ministers have inspired us to take the bull by the horns.
- As representatives of the peoples of Europe, we must dare to take the bull by the horns.
- Let us take the bull by the horns, Commissioner, without taking make-believe, dangerous short-cuts. In other words, let us renegotiate Blair House!
- Therefore, Mr Fischler, now - as we say in my country, on which you will no doubt become a great expert - good luck and al toro [take the bull by the horns].
- I think that we should now stop all this and start being serious and, as Mr Bourlanges has just said, we should take the bull by the horns and respect the Treaties.
- Because the fact is that Russia is a huge power at our borders, and no one knows exactly how to take the bull by the horns, all the more so because everyone wants to have Russia on its side.
- We believe that, in the case of such cross-border restructuring operations, the European Commission itself must take the bull by the horns and set to work on a proactive policy instead of just watching and waiting.