take\ the\ bit\ in\ one's\ teeth

• take the bit in one's mouth
• take the bit in one's teeth
adv. phr.
To have your own way; take charge of things; take control of something.

When Mary wanted something, she was likely to take the bit in her teeth and her parents could do nothing with her.

Compare: take the bull by the horns, take the law into one's own hands

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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