Taking the bull by the horns

 Take the bull by the horns

Another cattle-related English cliché now. To “take the bull by the horns” is to tackle a problem head-on, in a direct and confident manner. The phrase stems from the fact that taking a bull (a male cow) by its horns is a courageous way of dealing with it. Here’s an example of this phrase being used:

“It’s time to take the bull by the horns and hand in your notice.”

This isn’t the only English cliché involving the bull. Another one is “a bull in a china shop”, used to describe someone who is extremely clumsy and liable to cause damage by knocking things over. More figuratively speaking, “bull in a china shop” can also refer to someone who takes a tactless or shambolic approach to a situation or project.


This was an expression that a friend of mine quoted to me prior to me going into the nursing program . We were not at our best financial time, my husband was out of work and we had two small children , who goes to school full time when this is your situation. well that is exactly what I did , I took Patty’s words of advice and applied for nursing school . My original intention was to go into the general nursing program but it was full and there was a wait list  and I didn’t want to wait any longer. There was an opening in the psychiatric nursing program so applied and got in and I have never looked back again.  it was a great choice. this is where I was meant to be. Several colleagues over the years have said to me” you are so relaxed nothing seems to phase you.” Well that probably isn’t totally true for sure . there were moments but not many. so far I have not been hit or injured on the job so I think that is a good sign.  I am still working after 35 years of graduation but I know it is almost time to close the door on this chapter of my life.

So once again I will take the bull by the horns and take a different path of least resistance . I have many irons in the fire to burn.

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