brass balls

brass balls

1. vulgar slang Unwavering courage, resolve, or toughness. It takes brass balls to stand up to a bully like that. You've got to have brass balls if you're going to survive in this business.
2. vulgar slang Excessive impudence, self-assurance, ego, or audacity. He's got some brass balls to talk to his boss like that.
See also: ball, brass
References in classic literature ?
And the brass balls on the iron railings shone much brighter than ever; one would have thought they were polished on account of the visit; and it was as if the carved-out trumpeters-for there were trumpeters, who stood in tulips, carved out on the door--blew with all their might, their cheeks appeared so much rounder than before.
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It took a big pair of brass balls for Killie's Kallum Higginbotham to dink a Panenka past Craig Gordon in midweek.
Four chairs are now available: Metal Tripod Chair (1948-51), MASP7 de Abril Chair (1947), Chairwith Brass Balls (1947-50), and Rocking Chair (1948).
officials, it's a line that takes brass balls to deliver, and the actor lacks the cowboy conviction to sell it.
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone Keith Richards took home the Brass Balls Award EoAC" enough said.
Niro presented the Brass Balls Award to the 'Rolling Stones' star.
Mind you, this is understandable when the weather recently has been cold enough to freeze the brass balls off our bedstead.
Even more graphically Paul Begala, a colleague who worked with him in the Clinton White House, said: "He's got this big old pair of brass balls, and you can hear them clanking when he walks down the Halls of Congress, Rahm is a road warrior.
That smacked of a man nearing the end of his shelf life, like Captain Queeg playing with those brass balls in the claustrophobic submarine from the film, the Caine Mutiny.
Bill, who now lives in Eastern Green, recalls that No 101 was Evans the Pawnbrokers with its distinctive and elegant three brass balls - an Aladdin's cave in Bill's eyes.
Silver-and copper-leafed "legs" of stainless steel pyramids and brass balls curve and soar in unexpected angles.
Its Tosca with chunky posts and brass balls, which costs pounds 499 for a 4' 6''double (excluding the mattress) would look perfect dressed with slinky, satin bedding and a padded quilt.
As it turned out, Kenny Kennedy's claim that he didn't go for "no sweetheart deals and that kinda shit" was, like so much drug-cop talk, merely the clanking of phony brass balls.