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grasp the nettle

  (British & Australian)
to take action immediately in order to deal with an unpleasant situation
Usage notes: A nettle is a plant which can sting if you touch it.
I've been putting off tackling the problem for too long and I think it's time to grasp the nettle.
See clutch at straws
See also: grasp

grasp the nettle

To take on a difficult problem directly and energetically.
See also: grasp
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Avoid nettles near roadsides - they'll most likely be polluted.
If butterflies are the main aim, then it is essential that the patch be in a sunny, sheltered location - shady nettle patches are unlikely to attract butterflies.
If butterflies are the main aim then it is essential that the patch be in a sunny, sheltered location - shady nettle patches are unlikely to attract butterflies.
By financing medical equipment, Nettle helps implement new medical technologies in hospitals.
Add the nettles or greens to the pan along with 1/4 cup pasta water and stir until wilted and tender, about 2 minutes.
Add nettles and saute until wilted, 2 to 5 minutes.
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.
Below, Aronson looks at markings on the rocks at Nettle Springs in Tomo Kahni.
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) otherwise known as barn nettle or English nettle, and her cousin wood nettle (Laportea canadensis), are plentiful in our area.
Place freshly picked nettles in a large bucket of clean water 1lb to 1 gallon of water is about right.
THE PERSON WHO MOST SHAPED MY FAITH: My grandmother, Nettle Walker.
Now, he, Decker, and their colleagues have used data related to sea nettle sightings since 1987 to develop a mathematical model that estimates the probability of finding the noxious jellyfish at various spots throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
Among the creative recipes you'll find Curried Daylilies, Wild Carrot Croquettes, Sesame Rice with Stinging Nettles, Fiddleheads Almondine, Wisteria Sourdough Pancakes, Wild Garlic Salad, Black Locust Vanilla Pudding, and so much more.
Later in the year the nettle patch can provide food for the caterpillars or butterflies and the vast quantities of seed produced provides a late summer feast for birds.