take the law into your own hands If, instead of calling the police, you act personally against someone who has done something wrong, you take the law into your own hands.
Instead of calling the police, he took the law into his own hands and confronted the youth who had stolen his son's scooter.
take leave of your senses To say to someone 'have you taken leave of your senses?' means that you think their behaviour is crazy.
You're going skiing in this blizzard? Have you taken leave of your senses?
take one's life into one's hands To say that someone is taking their life in their hands means that they are taking the risk of being killed.
If you drive home on this icy road, you'll be taking your life in your hands.
take a load off one's mind If something takes a load (or weight) off someone's mind, it brings great relief because a problem has been solved.
When the company closed down, finding a new job took a load off Tom's mind.
take matters into your own hands If you take matters into your hands, you take action yourself rather than waiting for others to intervene.
When Susan saw the lack of progress, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
take the mickey out of If you take the mickey out of someone, you tease them or make fun of their behaviour, sometimes in an unkind way.
Jessica's dad is always taking the mickey out of her about the time she spends styling her hair.
take your mind off If an activity takes your mind off something that is worrying you, it helps you to stop thinking about it for a while.
Sarah was worrying about the result of the test so Tom took her to the cinema to take her mind off it.
take it upon yourself If you take something upon yourself, you do it without asking for permission or agreement.
My colleague took it upon herself to redecorate the office during my absence.
take a nosedive If something takes a nosedive, it drops or decreases in value very rapidly.
The stock market took a nosedive when the property market began to weaken.
take pains If you take pains to do something, you try very hard or make a special effort to do it as well as possible.
Great pains were taken to ensure the security of the athletes.
take the plunge If you take the plunge, you finally decide to venture into something you really want to do, in the spite of the risks involved.
Mark and Emily finally took the plunge and opened a guesthouse.
take a rain check To say that you take a rain check means that you cannot accept an invitation or offer now, but you will be happy to accept it later.
Do you mind if I take a rain check on that lunch invitation? I'm going to be away all week.
take the rap If you take the rap, you accept blame or punishment for something, even if you are not responsible.
The whole class had to the take the rap for the disorder.
take the rough with the smooth If you take the rough with the smooth, you accept what is unpleasant or difficult as well as what is pleasant or easy.
Life isn't always easy; you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth.

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