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Origin of Saying

Posted by Henry on December 23, 2003

In Reply to: Origin of Saying posted by Sheila on December 23, 2003

: I've searched on this sight for information about the phrase, 'TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS'. If anyone can tell me the origin of this phrase please let me know.
: Thanks,
: Sheila

Face up to a problem. I don't think it's from bull fighting. Cowboys are obliged to throw a steer in a rodeo event, so that might be one source. However, the reference may be purely metaphoric rather than literal.