have the guts

have the guts

Possess the courage, as in Does he have the guts to dive off the high board? This expression replaces the earlier and now obsolete sense of stomach as "courage," a usage from the early 1500s. [Slang; late 1800s]
See also: gut, have
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THE inept and virtuous Birmingham City Council, under the stewardship of Sir Albert Bore, should consider changing its coat of arms to read "Birmingham City Council operate a no-blame culture" on the basis they never ever do anything wrong - or at least they never have the guts to admit it (Mail, October 2).
Julian Newell, an A&E nurse from Sheffield, told the conference: "I think it's a shame Andrew Lansley does not have the guts to come up and face congress as a whole.