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grasp the nettle

Definition of grasp the nettle


  1. :  to deal with an unpleasant situation without delay <He decided to grasp the nettle and try to solve the problem himself.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make the motion of seizing :  clutch

    :  to take or seize eagerly

    :  to clasp or embrace especially with the fingers or arms

  1. :  handle

    :  embrace

    :  hold, control

  1. :  any of a genus (Urtica of the family Urticaceae, the nettle family) of chiefly coarse herbs armed with stinging hairs

    :  any of various prickly or stinging plants other than the true nettles (genus Urtica)

  1. :  to strike or sting with or as if with nettles

    :  to arouse to sharp but transitory annoyance or anger

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