Definition of grasp the nettle in English:
British Tackle a difficulty boldly.
[because a nettle stings when touched lightly, but not when grasped firmly]
- Tackling mental health, grasping the nettle of introducing rights-based legislation will come at a cost.
- He said: ‘I am pleased that the Prime Minister is now re-examining my proposals but we shall see whether the Government really grasps the nettle regarding this issue.’
- He warned the country could be facing another crisis unless the next Government grasps the nettle of public spending.
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