lot of nerve

*lot of nerve

1. Fig. great rudeness; a lot of audacity or brashness. (*Typically: have ~; take ~.) He walked out on her, and that took a lot of nerve! You have a lot of nerve! You took my parking place!
2. Fig. courage. (*Typically: have ~; take ~.) He climbed the mountain with a bruised foot. That took a lot of nerve. He has a lot of nerve to go into business for himself.
See also: lot, nerve, of
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It takes a lot of nerve for the leader of the most privileged group of workers to stand up in public and make such claims when there are close to 100,000 unemployed and thousands of families are depending on food banks.
You have something to do which requires a lot of nerve but it should turn out to be a lot easier than you had anticipated, so have confidence.
What television images of him addressing the Brazilian showed was him saying Marcelo had a lot of nerve, or "mucho morro," the club said.
She's got her pet bug, a good mind, a lot of nerve, and a determination to run away.
IT takes a lot of nerve -or arrogance - to fiddle about with a classic Shifting in time and place a work of genius, such as setting Hamlet in gangster-ridden 1920s America, always smacks of a second-rate theatre director desperate for cheap publicity.
GE has a lot of nerve to ask workers for givebacks and concessions when its executives continue to feed at the trough of corporate greed," said Fire.
It will take a lot of nerve to stay calm if the Spanish co-operatives try to talk the market up with bad weather stories after Christmas.
A press release, for example, begins: "'Ted Strickland's got a lot of nerve,' campaign manager Barbara Briggs said after more bogus charges from the perennial candidate.
He has shown a lot of nerve and belief this season.
It takes a lot of nerve, takes a lot of mental prowess, so I'd like to think I'm on that path.
The players showed a lot of nerve again out there," said Gibson, whose team had also won theirthree previous penalty contests- against Bala and Rhyl in THEWelsh Cup (2009 and 2010) andSK Liepajas Metalurgs in thisseason's Europa League.
This movie certainly has a lot of nerve," the New York Post quoted Hathaway, 27, as telling Vogue magazine.
It takes a lot of nerve to go up on stage and perform.
It takes a lot of nerve to step up in front of a packed hall with only a microphone for company - and Regina Spektor has a lot of nerve.
They'd been outplayed by Bayern Munich but it takes a lot of nerve to deliver those balls under pressure.