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 Nettle.Nettoyer (French). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Nettles.
 
It is ill work plucking nettles with bare hands, or belling the cat. It is ill work to interefere in matters which cannot but prove disagreeable or even worse. In French, “Attacher le grelot.   1
 


 Nettle.Nettoyer (French). 

 
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