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brass neck

1. noun Self-assured shamelessness, audacity, confidence, gall, or impudence. Primarily heard in UK. It takes a brass neck to make such an outlandish demand of me. The junior minister has shown a brass neck to the public regarding his plans to cut social welfare.
2. noun A person displaying or characterized by self-assured shamelessness, audacity, confidence, gall, or impudence. Primarily heard in UK. It's beyond me how a brass neck like him could be appointed as a manager.
3. verb To act with courageous self-confidence, especially in an audacious, impudent, or shameless manner. Primarily heard in UK. We didn't have enough money for the train ride, but we thought we'd just brass neck it if anyone gave us grief.
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brass neck

cheek or effrontery. informal
See also: brass, neck

ˌbrass ˈneck/ˈnerve

(British English, informal) a combination of confidence and lack of respect: I didn’t think she would have the brass neck to do that.
See also: brass, neck, nerve
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Brass Neck regular Carl Walker, 38, of Saltburn, was first in the queue .
Carmel Ramsay, of Brass Neck Comedy, said: "This is going to be an incredible couple of nights, and we're obviously chuffed to bits that Alan has hand-picked Saltburn for these exclusive shows.
After all, even a man of Bovey's history might need a helping hand unclipping his brass neck so the sunbathing doesn't leave white bits.
THE mere suggestion that bailed-out banks would have the brass neck to repossess the homes of struggling families is an outrage.
JIM Cousins MP has a brass neck criticising the speed of regeneration in Newcastle (Voice of the North, March 17).
Can you believe Tony Blair would have the brass neck to go on a jolly to Australia, costing tens of thousands of pounds, at the end of a week in which he was discredited for his part in the case for honours scandal?
It's not Natasha who needs to be punished here, it's those fatheads who have the brass neck to preside over a courtroom when they are patently too cowardly to tackle a teenage girl trying it on.
Former Accident Group salesman Pete Hopwood said: ``He's really got some brass neck.
It looks like the cheeky star, who recently admitted he was hungry for love after splitting with Rod Stewart's ex Rachel Hunter, has got a real brass neck.
The fact that Danny Cadamarteri should have the brass neck to request Legal Aid is one thing, however, let's not forget that his solicitor made the application on his behalf.
Comedy fans also continued to enjoy some great nights at Stockton's Catch 22, Middlesbrough's Big Mouth, Hartlepool's Hot Potato and Saltburn's Brass Neck comedy clubs.
THIS week's esteemed PISH award (Pious, Insidious, Shameless Hypocrisy) is being redesigned to include a shiny brass neck and despatched off to one of the flash pads owned by Tony Blair.
Trump is the woman who had the brass neck to say of Ekaterina: "She is only in here because of a public relationship.
THE brass neck of the late George Best's son knows no bounds.
SCREEN heart-throb Ewan McGregor proves he has a real brass neck - by appearing on the cover of music lovers' mag, The Horn.