Definition of beard the lion in his den (or lair) in English:

beard the lion in his den (or lair)

phrase

  • Confront or challenge someone on their own ground.

    • ‘Deciding to beard the lion in his den, I visit Dr. Gerald Imber, a Fifth Avenue plastic surgeon.’
    • ‘This was somewhat like bearding the lion in his den; and so it needed delicate handling.’
    • ‘No one wanted to undertake the venture of bearding the lion in his den.’
    • ‘She's got to face her demons, beard the lion in his den.’
    • ‘In the end, it came down to the fact that this wonderful Moorefield team was just a bit too young for the task in hand, bearding the Nobber lions in their picturesque North Meath lair in a keenly contested Leinster JFC final on Sunday.’
    • ‘The answer was obvious: beard the lion in his den.’
    • ‘And so might I, with profit to us all, beard the lion in his den, and failing if fail I must, succeed.’
    • ‘She bearded the lion in his den with a revelation-packed bombing campaign, attempting to beat him into coalition.’
    • ‘She would meet Julius, persuade him to her point of view, and they would beard the lion in his den.’
    • ‘To come after it was to beard the lion in his den; to go without it was to blister in the sun.’
    • ‘So, to put it in a nutshell, you must grab the bull by the horns and beard the lion in his den.’
    • ‘The Spaniards had bearded the lion in his den, and were in a position of extreme peril should the cacique prove hostile.’
    • ‘By this time we were willing to try anything, so he turned up early the next day prepared to beard the lion in his den.’
    • ‘Now I suppose I am bearding the lion in his den, when I state that one of the planks of the platform is that we ask for an immediate, and substantial, and all-round reduction of the customs tariff-a substantial, immediate and all-round reduction of the customs tariff.’
    • ‘That said the former Johnstownbridge was no more than cautiously optimistic about bearding the Royal lion in his Navan lair in a fortnight's time in the first round of the Leinster championship.’
    • ‘This, however, was bearding the lion in his den, the lady being cared for in a milder way by the authorities, while James returned home.’
    • ‘Wole Soyinka is one of those writers who subscribe to bearding the lion in his den.’
    • ‘As the saying goes, beard the lion in his den.’
    • ‘So he performs yet another act of selflessness and goes to beard the lion in his den.’
    • ‘Believing that what was good to practice was good to preach, I concluded that I would risk a course of procedure that is sometimes called bearding the lion in his den.’