Monday, March 15, 2010

Cliché: take the bull by the horns

Meaning: confront a difficult problem head on or confidently tackle a difficult problem (example 1, example 2)

Rewrite 1: Take the rhino by the horn
Rewrite 2: Take the lion by the mane
Rewrite 3: Grab the rottweiler by the whiskers
Rewrite 4: Stand your ground against the tremor
Rewrite 5: Face the gale and damn the flood

Comments: Obviously, these are all metaphorical. I wouldn't want any of you to stand before an approaching tornado in the hope of out-nerving it, for instance.

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