tiger by the tail (to have)

 A big, fast moving issue; situation/problem that could easily be lost, with grave consequences.
 ► “Companies moving into groupware with a passion are finding they have a tiger by the tail. Groupware is hard, both technically and culturally.” (Forbes, June 5, 1995, p. 76)

American business jargon. 2014.

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