Idiom of the week: “Take the bull by the horns”

by Laurie Laurendeau on May 2, 2012

Idioms are short phrases or expressions that we use in the English language to express a thought in a more interesting manner. Examples of idioms might include “in a pickle”, or “it’s raining cats and dogs”. Children who struggle with reading comprehension often read quite literally what is on the page, and then the true meaning of the sentence can be lost. Teaching your child a new idiom each week will help improve his/her ability to “read between the lines” in both oral speech and in written texts. Have fun trying to use the idiom each week in everyday life!

IDIOM: “Take the bull by the horns”

DEFINITION: To take charge of a situation

EXAMPLES: 1. I finally took the bull by the horns and went on a diet.

2. She decided to take the bull by the horns and start studying for her tests.

ACTIVITY: Draw a picture of a large bull on a piece of paper, and draw strings hanging down from its horns with pictures of situations that would show someone taking the bull by the horns.


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