What is the meaning of [Take the bull by the horns]

In the moments of danger during a bullfight, a strong, expert matador will
grasp the bull by the horns and so prevent it from tossing him.

By extension the proverb means that when faced by perils or difficulties we
should beet them fearlessly, not try to evade them.

> As the jeep rounded the bend, the soldiers in it saw that the road ahead was
blocked by a mod of rebels.

> ‘What do I do now?’ asked the driver.

> ‘Step on it,’ said the corporal in charge, ‘and cut straight through ’em.’

> The driver brought down his foot on the accelerator, the jeep shot forward,
the insurgents broke up in disorder and scrambled up the banks on either side
of the road.

> ‘Always take the bull by the horns,’ said the corporal with a satisfied grin
as they continued on their way.

##### See also:

* The bull must be taken by the horns
* He who handles a nettle tenderly is soonest stung