(as) game as Ned Kelly

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(as) game as Ned Kelly

Very courageous. Ned Kelly was a notorious 19th-century Australian outlaw. Primarily heard in Australia. You have to be as game as Ned Kelly to go into a dangerous place like that!
See also: game, Kelly, Ned

as game as Ned Kelly

very brave. Australian
Ned Kelly ( 1855–80 ) was a famous Australian outlaw, the leader of a band of horse and cattle thieves and bank raiders operating in Victoria; he was eventually hanged at Melbourne.
See also: game, Kelly, Ned
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The phrase 'game as Ned Kelly' is praise indeed, as even his media critics at the time were impressed by his courage.
`As game as Ned Kelly' is one of our most widely used expressions.