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  • a  of or relating to or suffering from neuralgia
    neuralgic pains

  • Keeping out foreigners has long been a neuralgic issue in European politics.
  • While it proved impossible on some neuralgic issues such as Indochina or Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union, there was more unity on foreign policy than in any other area.
  • Instead, Reagan announced, he wants to concentrate on an issue about which the Soviets are suspicious, combative and neuralgic--their sponsorship of client states in the Third World.

  • Nick Clegg in
    It's been the neuralgic issue for us,says the MP Nick Clegg, a Campbell campaign leader.
  • Francis Maude in Independent
    Explaining the secrecy, Mr Maude told the forum: "It is a neuralgic business, because all senior figures in opposition suffer, understandably, from a concern about being seen to take it for granted. There's always this concern - isn't it arrogant?...

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