БРАТЬ/ВЗЯТЬ НА АБОРДАЖ кого-чтоVPsubj; humanobj; most often human
to take decisive action with s.o. or sth. :
X взял Y-a на абордаж = X took (tried) a hard-nosed approach with person Y
X got tough with person Y
X tackled thing Y head-on.
From the French abordage. Originally meant "to attack an enemy vessel by coming alongside it and mooring with it for the purpose of hand-to-hand combat."

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