• Egad! we were like to catch a Tartar, when these red-skins jumped stark naked on board the Gladwin. (1835)
• But alas for his boast -- Johnny Bull "caught a Tartar," And now like a calf he is bawling for quarter. (1891)
• What's more, you'll catch a Tartar some day -- somebody who knows how to shoot better than ... (1934)http://corpus.byu.edu/coha/x3.asp?xx=1&wx=tar...
• Truly the writer is like the man who caught the tiger by the tail and couldn't let go. He must carry on. (1939, Sat. Evening Post)
• They were scared stiff. They had a tiger by the tail. (1950)
• ... can't overpower this team as we all thought we could. We have a tiger by the tail." (1972, Time)
• ... didn't know what hit them. It was like they had grabbed a damn tiger by his tail." (1978)
• If anything is likely to impinge upon American society, it is anti-Semitism. Blacks who turn to it for temporary advantage will find they have a tiger by the tail. (1979, New Republic)
• ... stood to lose $5.4 million if Federal Express closed its doors. We had a tiger by the tail and we could not let it go at this point." (1983)http://corpus.byu.edu/coha/x3.asp?xx=1&wx=tai...
• Because, Professor, to put your name in these pleadings is to catch a tiger by his tail. (CNN, 2015)
• So the agency is moving slowly, unsure how to catch this flying tiger by the tail. (PBS, 2015)
• Secretary Duncan has the tiger by the tail here. This -- he owns this. (PBS, 2015)
• Underneath his genius for cartooning lies a modest, sweet, aw-shucks personality. Underneath that lies a layer of iron and steel. For publishers and editors over him, or under him as it would be more accurate to say, it's like having a tiger by the tail. (NY Times, 2001)
• John's got a tiger by the tail. He's got something that's about to be a monster
• You can't let go of him, right? This is a tiger by the tail.
• if we don't make these improvements now, we will not be able to grab this environmental tiger by the tail later
• ... the protection of the princes' privacy, but they are trying to hold a tiger by the tail, the Palace is. http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/x3.asp?xx=1&wx=tai...
• In fact, holding a tiger by the tail means that the problem you are dealing with might just come back to bite you!
• To have a tiger by the tail means to take a course of action that turns out to be incredibly difficult ...
• If holding a tiger by the tail means getting in over your head
• To have a tiger by the tail means that you have taken hold of a very dangerous thing that has dangers in it that can hurt you.
• to have a tiger by the tail is to have embarked on a course of action which turns out to be unexpectedly difficulthttp://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/...