net·tle·some | \ˈne-tᵊl-səm \

Definition of nettlesome 

: causing vexation : irritating

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a few nettlesome details that still required attention

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There were no nettlesome questions from television or newspaper reporters. New York Times, "Never Mind the News Media: Politicians Test Direct-to-Voter Messaging," 31 May 2018 Without polling, many Democrats have admitted that the politics of this are nettlesome; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has provided talking points on ICE which do not call for abolition. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 2 July 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," 7 June 2018 The problem for some Republicans is that Denham’s approach puts them on the record voting for and against a nettlesome issue like immigration and DACA policy months before the midterm election. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Fate of 'dreamers' could rest on 'queen of the hill' gambit," 19 Apr. 2018 And there is a self-righteous streak in Hawking that some colleagues find nettlesome. Jerry Adler, Newsweek, "Stephen Hawking, Master of the Universe: Our 1988 Cover Story on the Legendary Physicist," 14 Mar. 2018 The situation facing Louisiana boaters/anglers has been particularly nettlesome for some of the Louisiana fishing guides who operate in those areas and businesses such as marinas that cater to anglers. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Louisiana wrestles with fishing-access issues," 1 Apr. 2018 Average Americans see civil suits as expensive and nettlesome. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Trump vs. Mueller: Is the American Legal System Any Match for the President?," 8 Mar. 2018 Accepting the reality of women’s pain would compel a new—to many, nettlesome—gender dynamic, correcting for the many years when women have been treated as a footnote or afterthought in medicine. Rachel Vorona Cote, The New Republic, "The Reality of Women’s Pain," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nettlesome

1845, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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