(Thanks for the picture, Wikipedia!)
Unlike on a cactus, the spiky bits on a nettle are inconspicuous. You don't notice you're being nettled until you're nettled, and that's extra nettlesome.
Nettles are edible plants with little hairs that sting you. (After they're cooked, they don't sting.)
"Young, tall, lean and bearded, Retsos represents a new generation who believes there is plenty of room for improvement if Greece grasps the nettle of reform and modernises."
Explain the meaning of "nettle" without saying "vex" or "irritate."
Fill in the blanks: "Expecting _____, (someone) was nettled when _____."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
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