have the brass (neck) to (do something)

(redirected from had the brass neck to)

have the brass (neck) to (do something)

To be bold enough to do something rude or inappropriate. Primarily heard in UK. Can you believe she had the brass neck to ask for a raise after just one month at the company?
See also: brass, have
References in periodicals archive ?
She voted to introduce the Bedroom Tax, voted for cuts to disability benefit and even had the brass neck to vote against introducing a bankers' bonus tax and the Mansion Tax.
And, after kneeing one of his opponents in the back I couldn't believe he had the brass neck to say: "Those people who know me as a person know I wouldn't do that.
It almost makes it worse that they're speaking when the microphones are not on as opposed to when they are on, because (they have) never really had the brass neck to say it publicly, they would only say it privately.
He returned last month nine days late for his deadline and after hearing of the fine had the brass neck to ask for an extra couple of days off to recover from the shock
Not so for murderer Gavin Mellor, who has had the brass neck to ask the European Court of Human Rights to overturn the Home Office's refusal to allow him to artificially inseminate his wife.