have a pair

have a pair

vulgar slang To act or behave in a strong, confident, and/or courageous manner. Though short for "have a pair of testicles/balls" (discretion should be used because of this), the phrase can be said by or of either a male or female. Often used with an intensifier, such as "quite a pair" or "a big pair." Primarily heard in US. Crime is really bad in this town, so you've got to have a big pair to be a police officer around here. Wow, your sister must have quite a pair to stand up to her boss like that!
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References in classic literature ?
Come wife," said he, "let her have a pair of thick stockings and a woollen shawl or blanket directly; and tell Dora to give her some warm supper as soon as the milk boils.
Thus, it is clearly possible to have a pair that is better than another pair at 4BBB golf, whilst being weaker at other forms of the game.
I'm sure he'll have a pair of glasses and, hopefully, it'll be (today).