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Origin of Saying

Posted by Sheila on December 23, 2003

In Reply to: Origin of Saying posted by Henry 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.

In addition I've often thought that as long as one is holding the horns (facing the problem) one would survive as opposed to being gouged. If the situation is that bad; sell the bull!