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as bold as Beauchamp
Brave. The phrase might refer to the 1346 feat of Thomas Beauchamp, who defeated 100 Normans with very little military support. Wow, you really ran into a burning building and saved all those people? You're as bold as Beauchamp!
as bold as brass
In a brash, arrogant, or pushy manner. Can you believe that new hire went to the boss, as bold as brass, and asked for time off on his first day? That girl walked up, as bold as brass, and pushed her way to the front of the line!
be so bold
To do something that is (or could be perceived as) surprising, daring, or perhaps inappropriate. The phrase is often used before a question to soften it. May I be so bold as to ask for a second helping? I'd like to propose a different plan, if I may be so bold.
be so bold as to (do something)
To do something that is (or could be seen as) surprising, daring, and perhaps inappropriate. That girl just got here but was so bold as to push her way to the front of the line! I can't be so bold as to ask my boss for a raise.
big and bold
Visually striking. This phrase typically describes things, not people. I think more people will come into your store now that you have a big and bold marquee.
One who tells blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruths easily and with little or no attempt to disguise the lie. Everyone knows he is just a bold-faced liar. It's a wonder anyone believes a thing he says anymore.
See also: liar
A blatantly obvious and/or impudent untruth, one in which the liar does not attempt to disguise their mendacity. Sir, I have never done these things of which you accuse me; they are bold-faced lies, and nothing more.
See also: lie
fortune favors the bold
proverb Courageous action is often rewarded. The phrase encourages people to do what scares them. A variation is "fortune favors the brave." I know you're nervous about asking for a raise, but keep in mind that fortune favors the bold—you'll never get anything if you don't ask for it. I decided to ask out the most popular girl in school because fortune favors the bold, right?
fortune favors the brave
proverb Courageous action is often rewarded. The phrase encourages people to take bold actions. I know you're nervous about asking for a raise, but keep in mind that fortune favors the brave—you'll never get anything if you don't ask for it. I decided to ask out the most popular girl in school because fortune favors the brave, right?
To do something that is (or could be seen as) surprising, daring, and perhaps inappropriate. This phrase can be used before such a question to soften it. May I make bold and ask for a second helping? I wouldn't presume to make bold and suggest any wrongdoing on the councilor's part.
make so bold (as to do something)
To do something that is (or could be perceived as) surprising, daring, or perhaps inappropriate. The phrase is often used before a question to soften it. May I make so bold as to ask for a second helping? I'd like to propose a different plan, if I may make so bold.
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be so bold as to do somethingand make so bold as to do something
to dare to do something. Would you care to dance, if I may make so bold as to ask? She was so bold to confront her rival.
big and bold
large and capable of getting attention. (Usually refers to things, not people.) The big and bold lettering on the book's cover got lots of attention, but the price was too high. She wore a brightly colored dress. The pattern was big and bold and the skirt was very full.
*bold as brass
very bold; bold to the point of rudeness. (*Also: as ~.) Lisa marched into the manager's office, bold as brass, and demanded her money back. The tiny kitten, as bold as brass, began eating the dog's food right under the dog's nose.
Fortune favors the brave.and Fortune favors the bold.
Prov. You will have good luck if you carry out your plans boldly. (Used to encourage people to have the courage to carry out their plans.) Fortune favors the bold, Bob. Quit your day job and work on your novel full-time. Jill: Let's wait till next year before trying to start our own business. Jane: No. We'll do it this year. Fortune favors the brave.
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big and bold
Large and striking, as in His ties tended to be big and bold in color and pattern, or This big and bold design for a book jacket is sure to catch the casual browser's eye. This phrase, used mostly to describe things rather than persons, is a kind of visual analog of loud and clear.
bold as brass
Shameless, audacious, impudent. For example, No one had invited her to the wedding, but she showed up at the church, bold as brass. This alliterative simile plays on brass meaning "shamelessness." [c. 1700]
Also, make so bold as. Dare, presume, take the liberty of doing something, as in Let me make bold and ask you to back me as a member, or I will not make so bold as to criticize a respected scholar. This expression was frequently used by Shakespeare but is heard less often today. [Late 1500s]
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bold as brassINFORMAL
If someone does something bold as brass, they do it without being ashamed or embarrassed. Their leader, bold as brass, came improperly dressed, wearing a lounge suit while all the others were wearing black ties. Barry has come into the game bold as brass, brash and businesslike. Note: This expression may be based on an incident that occurred in Britain in 1770, when the newspaper the London Evening Post illegally published a report of Parliamentary proceedings. As a result, the printer was put in prison. The Lord Mayor, Brass Crosby, released him and was punished by being imprisoned himself. There were public protests and Crosby was soon released.
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as bold as brassconfident to the point of impudence.
Brass is used in this phrase as a metaphorical representation of a lack of shame, as it was in the old expression a brass face , meaning ‘an impudent person’.
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be/make so ˈbold (as to do something)(formal) used especially when politely asking a question or making a suggestion which you hope will not offend anyone: May I make so bold, sir, as to suggest that you try the grilled fish?
(as) bold as ˈbrass(British English, informal) without seeming ashamed or embarrassed; very cheeky: He came up to me, bold as brass, and asked me for five pounds.
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mod. great; outstanding. Bold move, Charles. You outfoxed them.
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To venture: I will not make so bold as to criticize such a scholar.
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A shamelessly bold untruth/prevaricator. Bare here means bold-faced or brazen, but one writer speculates that barefaced, which dates from the late sixteenth century, originally meant “beardless,” a condition perhaps considered audacious in all but the youngest men. In any event, by the late seventeenth century it also meant bold and became attached to lie in succeeding years. See also naked truth.
bold as brass
Shameless, impudent. This simile probably has the same source as brazen, which can mean either “made of brass” or “shameless,” “too bold.” The latter is older, dating at least from Shakespeare’s time (“What a brazen-faced varlet art thou!” King Lear, 2.2). The present cliché dates from the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century, although brass alone in the sense of “shameless” is older (sixteenth century). “Can any face of brass hold longer out?” wrote Shakespeare in Love’s Labour’s Lost (5.2), and Thomas Fuller (The Profane State, 1642) wrote still more explicitly, “His face is of brasse, which may be said either ever or never to blush.”
put a good/bold face on something, to
To make the best of things. This term has been around since the fourteenth century, and the practice itself, of pretending things are better than they are, is no doubt much older. “Set a good face on a bad matter,” wrote Humphrey Gifford (A Posie of Gilloflowers, 1580).
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