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have a nerve

Also, have some nerve. Have audacity, show effrontery. For example, You have a nerve telling me what to do, or She had some nerve, criticizing the people who donated their time. The related have the nerve is used with an infinitive, as in He had the nerve to scold his boss in public. This idiom uses nerve in the sense of "courage" or "audacity." [Late 1800s]
See also: have, nerve
References in classic literature ?
I should think he'd be glad that if he did have the nerves he'd got money, too; shouldn't you?
This is nonsense, sense, but few reporters, politicians, and scientists have the nerve to say so.