beard the lion in his den
From sense beard (“to confront”).
beard the lion in his den (third-person singular simple present beards the lion in his den, present participle bearding the lion in his den, simple past and past participle bearded the lion in his den)
- (idiomatic) To confront an adversary in his or her own environment
- 1808 February 22, Walter Scott, “Canto Sixth. The Battle.”, in Marmion; a Tale of Flodden Field, Edinburgh: Printed by J[ames] Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Company, […]; London: William Miller, and John Murray, OCLC 270129616, stanza XIV, page 338:
- And dar'st thou then / To beard the lion in his den, / The Douglas in his hall?
- 1840, Thomas Pringle and Josiah Conder, Narrative of a residence in South Africa, page 45:
- George and John Rennie, and James Ekron, a servant of my father’s, announced their determination to march in and beard the lion in his den, provided three of the Mulattoes, who were superior marksmen, would support them.
- 1936, The Bankers magazine, Volume 132, page 307:
- Duty called me to beard the lion in his den; and though no Daniel, I took on the job without fear and trembling…