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grasp the nettle

To approach or begin a difficult or unpleasant task directly and with the appropriate amount of energy. I know you don't like disciplining employees, but you've just got to grasp the nettle.
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grasp the nettle

mainly BRITISH
COMMON If you grasp the nettle, you deal with a problem or unpleasant task quickly and in a determined way. I think you should grasp the nettle. Speak to your manager and make it clear you regret your mistake and are determined it will never happen again. European leaders have yet to grasp the nettle of labour-market reform. Note: If you grasp a nettle firmly, it is less likely to sting you than if you just touch it lightly.
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grasp the nettle

tackle a difficulty boldly. British
This expression refers to a belief (recorded from the late 16th century onwards) enshrined in a rhyme quoted in Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock ( 1925 ): ‘If you gently touch a nettle it'll sting you for your pains; grasp it like a lad of mettle, an’ as soft as silk remains'.
1998 New Scientist The problem was that governments failed to grasp the nettle and scrap the system.
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grasp the ˈnettle

(British English) deal with a difficult matter, firmly and with courage: The government will have to grasp the nettle. If they don’t, the traffic congestion is going to get out of control.This expression refers to the belief that if you touch a nettle (= a plant with leaves that sting) lightly, you will be hurt, but not if you take a firm hold if it.
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grasp the nettle

To take on a difficult problem directly and energetically.
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The team says that the bay nettle is found in less salty waters called estuaries, such as the Chesapeake Bay.
But the best tip I can give those considering taking part is turn up, get drunk and eat nettles.
Jon had a slow start to the hour-long contest, but after putting his pedal to the nettle he chewed through 70 feet of leaves.
The Bulkhead Blitz was conceived after the DEP reviewed the results of a three-year, DEP-funded research study about the presence of sea nettles in Barnegat Bay as part of the Christie Administrations comprehensive action plan to address the bays ecological health.
Put the nettles in a food processor with 2 cloves of garlic, 30g walnuts, 30g cheddar and 8 tbsp olive oil and whizz to a paste.
Although nettles are looked |upon as a weed by gardeners they are a favourite egg laying plant for ladybirds and by leaving a patch of nettles to develop in your garden, you will be helping them to increase their numbers.
In a previous pilot clinical trial, we demonstrated that the topical use of a proprietary ethanol based extract of nettle for treatment of OA was both well tolerated and likely effective in reducing pain and improving function (Rayburn et al.
Some cooks prefer to blanch nettles in boiling water, but I saute them, adding just a splash of liquid, as with cooking most other greens.
If nettles are wet, drain in a colander, pat dryland'
uk ROB'S NETTLE RECIPE SUGGESTIONS NETTLE SOUP This is a classic dish and there are many variations.
She keeps them and herself warm, while Nettle is outside on the yard.
A MAN was robbed by two thugs who forced him to lie down in a bed of nettles.
Alma's story mirrors that of Renelde, the nettle spinner of the Flemish fairy tale.
I was actually delighted at the discovery of a new nettle patch.