Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(face/attack/tackle) it head on

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Meaning(s)
1) deal with something in a direct and determined way
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • tackle/face/attack a problem/issue head on
  • Analysis

    If you do something 'head on' it means you confront it directly. Usually, if you 'attack', 'confront' or 'face something head on' it involves a degree of confrontation or opposition. These are popular phrases in political and business contexts to talk about how to address a problem.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. There's no point trying to sweep this issue between us under the rug, we need to attack it head on and get it sorted quickly.
    2. The politician said that the country cannot hope to deal with the issue of corruption without tackling it head on, which is why she is calling for a full-scale government operation.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The reason why Robert is such a productive member of staff is because whenever a problem arises at work, he never leaves it to someone else to fix, instead, he faces it head on.
    2. Sometimes it is better to solve an issue in a roundabout way rather than facing it head on.
    3. We have to address the issue of spending head on before the situation becomes worse.
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