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Meaning of “grasp the nettle” in the English Dictionary

"grasp the nettle" in British English

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grasp the nettle

UKC2 to ​force yourself to be ​brave and do something that is ​difficult or ​unpleasant: You've been putting off making that ​phonecall for ​days - I ​think it's about ​time you ​grasped the ​nettle!
(Definition of grasp the nettle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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