nettlesome

adjective
net·​tle·​some | \ ˈne-tᵊl-səm How to pronounce nettlesome (audio) \

Definition of nettlesome

: causing vexation : irritating

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Examples of nettlesome in a Sentence

a few nettlesome details that still required attention

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While the dispute had already been nettlesome for Chinese-U.S. relations, the sudden ban on Huawei last month caught many by surprise, raising the stakes by striking at the heart of China’s long-term technological ambitions. Kate Conger, New York Times, "China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against Cooperating With Trump Ban," 8 June 2019 While the dispute had already been nettlesome for Chinese-US relations, the sudden ban on Huawei last month caught many by surprise, raising the stakes by striking at the heart of China’s long-term technological ambitions. Kate Conger, BostonGlobe.com, "China warns big tech to defy Trump ban on sales to Huawei," 8 June 2019 The rise of drug-resistant germs, caused by overuse of antibiotics, is one of the world’s most nettlesome health predicaments. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "Warning of ‘Pig Zero’: One Drugmaker’s Push to Sell More Antibiotics," 7 June 2019 Starring a customarily fantastic Laurie Metcalf as Hillary and John Lithgow as her nettlesome helpmeet, Bill, Hnath’s play takes place in a New Hampshire hotel room on the eve of that state’s 2008 Democratic primary. Adam Green, Vogue, "Meet the Playwrights, Actors, and Directors Radically Reshaping Broadway," 13 May 2019 So tired old jokes will find a home with dull people, which may help explain the nettlesome persistence of Adam Sandler. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Would Your Clone Have the Same Sense of Humor?," 9 Apr. 2019 For Democrats, the Kavanaugh debate was particularly nettlesome for 10 senators up for re-election in states that Mr. Trump won in 2016. Janet Hook, WSJ, "In Midterms, Kavanaugh Fight Seen Boosting GOP in Senate, Democrats in House," 7 Oct. 2018 But how to enshrine DACA protections into law is a nettlesome issue. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 But how to enshrine DACA protections into law is a nettlesome issue. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nettlesome

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nettlesome was in 1845

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