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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
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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 .
They are providing a giant trough for the same old snouts to dip their BRASS NECKS Platini, left, and Blatter noses into.
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.
YOU'VE got to admire the brass neck of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Then there's our very own Prime Minister who has the brass neck to claim pounds 43,000 of public money for a constituency home he bought for just pounds 30,000.
Had Everton pursued an appeal, the authorities should have rewarded them for their brass neck by at least doubling the punishment.
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.
Paul McCaffrey Stockton's Catch 22 is first out of the blocks at ARC on Friday, January 31 with Middlesbrough's Big Mouth and Saltburn's Brass Neck making it a Saturday night special on Saturday, February 1.
JIM Cousins MP has a brass neck criticising the speed of regeneration in Newcastle (Voice of the North, March 17).
Former Accident Group salesman Pete Hopwood said: ``He's really got some brass neck.
Sir Alex, with the brass neck that comes from being untouchable, dismissed the incident as a freak of nature that wouldn't happen again.
SCREEN heart-throb Ewan McGregor proves he has a real brass neck - by appearing on the cover of music lovers' mag, The Horn.
He may now have run out of brass but he hasn't run out of brass neck.
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.
I AM amazed that David Gold has the brass neck to call on Premier League chairmen to reduce prices because they are treating fans like 'mushrooms'.