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take the bull by the horns

take the bull by the horns

Date: Apr 13 2006


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I can take the bull by the horns if it’s necessary.”

John Travolta, talking about how he manages his life and career.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

take control, take charge

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

To take the bull by the horns means to take control of a situation. For example, a man whose family is struggling financially must take the bull by the horns and get a second job, or find another way to make money. If you’re unhappy in your work, you should take the bull by the horns and find a job that makes you happy.

When taking the bull by the horns, you are choosing to be master of your fate and responsible for your own success or well-being.

In the example above, John Travolta is saying that he is not afraid to do what is necessary in order to succeed.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Angela was so unhappy until she finally took the bull by the horns and changed her life.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Tina_ch he choose the important that his life between his life and career.
by Tina_ch
palina face difficult situation
by palina
use any possible chance to solve the difficult
by xingxingzouzou
John Travolta will make his best efforts to achieve his goals.
by dolenta
hossein99 deal decisively with a difficult or unpleasant situation.
by hossein99
wan-ting take a risk
by wan-ting
I think he means "I can do everything to manage if it is necessary."
by yalcinmerve
loukas When someone has to tackle a situation with vigour, quickness and strenght.
by loukas
ciccia it's a proverb, it means that when we have a obstacle in front of us we must not say: stop!
by ciccia
Take control, get the grip of the situation and make changes/decisions.
by estelachemen
It mean to face difficulties upfront, fearlessly before they get you.
by paolaea
pinkish face it boldly
by pinkish
get through a hazardous situation in spite of the danger one may encounter
by lmfred
He meas that he can take the things that he wants and make what he wants.
by paredes
to do whatever u can ın order to achıeve ur aım
by nuısance090
he is sensitive
by dansubb
teddy008 resolve a conflict with easy way.
by teddy008
helenay make an effort to do sth.
by helenay
that means somebody can catch the thing's key to get the thing be done as expected
by sunnyjet16
It means "not afraid of hardships and dangers, advance bravely."
by Yanger
it means take control of the situation
by Antoo_
Brave to deal some difficult situation.
by cosette
danhp1 face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it
by danhp1
Not afraid the tough situation and do one's best to conquer it!
by jill1225
If you take the bull by the horns, you act decisively and with determination in order to deal with a difficult situation or problem.
by 1990511
do something important
by ning16
to face the problems directly without hesitation
by linguis
I believe he's saying that although it can become challenging to be an actor (and an excellent one by the way)and to have a private life, he's already learnt how to keep them both separate and in harmony when time is not on his side.
by Jocelyn
take over tough situations and decide firmly
by Lindsay
hojat541 he means that he'll do his best to fulfill his purpose
by hojat541
It's means to manage and control something that is difficult to deal with.
by stanley_shen
clestrad It means that he has to serious measures to change sth that is wrong
by clestrad
do it with one's best
by lily111
make speed more fast!
by zily

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