Poll: If you grasp the nettle, you ____ with a problem.

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  1. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #1

    Grasp the nettle

    You can check your answer here.

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    Re: Grasp the nettle

    But not without getting nettled.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Grasp the nettle

    "deal" is the right answer.

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    Re: Grasp the nettle

    I believe this to be solely a British idiom. I don't think you would find it used at all in American or Canadian English.

    However, it is understandable. Since a nettle stings when you touch it, the only reason to grasp this plant in this context would be to deal with the problem... for better or worse

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