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- v. To deal with a matter in a direct manner, especially to confront a difficulty rather than avoid it.
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- v. face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it
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And it is to be hoped too that the author will take the bull by the horns and, in the next edition, show the nature of protoplasm in general in an homologous way, as the basis, through its uniquely complex kineticism, of the onward rush of the mental process.
He was still hesitating in the fog-laden hall, wondering if he should take the bull by the horns and go up to Gina’s flat, when he caught sight of a shadowy figure drifting down the stairs from the floor above.