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    delicate on, nettlesome neighbour

    Bull in a China shop is not an expression one would normally use to describe India’s mild-mannered Prime Minister, but at a Washington think-tank on Monday evening Manmohan Singh was anything but delicate on India’s newly nettlesome neighbor before an audience that is largely in thrall of the Middle Kingdom’s meteoric rise on the global stage.

    Please explain to me the emboldened parts.

    Particularly "delicate on" and "nettlesome neighbour". I know nettlesome means "easily annoyed" but I cannot understand the meaning here.


    Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...ow/5264314.cms

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    Re: delicate on, nettlesome neighbour

    Delicate on = polite about; nettlesome neighbour = sensitive, irritable and fussy Chinese government.


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    Re: delicate on, nettlesome neighbour

    I assume the metaphor of a nettlesome neighbour is to imply they are irritating like the stinging nettle plant.

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    Re: delicate on, nettlesome neighbour

    On the contrary, they are the ones behaving as if they are easily irritated, according to the article.

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