Take the bit between your teeth

Definition

The phrase ‘take the bit between your teeth’ is an idiom that means to take control of a situation and act without waiting for someone else to do it.

Examples

He took the bit between his teeth and started the project without consulting anyone else.

The team took the bit between their teeth and got the job done quickly.

I decided to take the bit between my teeth and find a solution to the problem.

She always takes the bit between her teeth and makes sure the job is done right.

They took the bit between their teeth and created a whole new system.

Origin

This idiom is believed to be derived from the phrase, ‘Take the bit in your teeth’, which is used to describe a horse pulling on the bridle bit in its mouth and taking control of the situation.

FAQs

Question

Can this idiom be used in a non-literal sense?

Answer

Yes, ‘take the bit between your teeth’ can be used in a non-literal sense to mean taking control of a situation and acting without waiting for someone else to do it.

Question

How is this idiom used?

Answer

This idiom is usually used in a positive sense, to describe someone taking initiative to take control of a situation and act without waiting for someone else to do it.