have the brass (neck) to (do something)

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have the brass (neck) to (do something)

To have the will to do something bold, rude, or impudent; to have the nerve to do something. Primarily heard in UK. Can you believe she had the brass neck to ask for a raise after just one month at the company?
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And ScotRail, who have branded them "classic" in a bizarre marketing ploy, had the brass neck to post a guide to opening the doors on social media.
But how Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had the brass neck to even suggest the striker deserved a penalty after James McArthur appeared to make contact in the box I have no idea.
She voted to introduce the Bedroom Tax, voted for cuts to disability benefit and even had the brass neck to vote against introducing a bankers' bonus tax and the Mansion Tax.
He returned last month nine days late for his deadline and after hearing of the fine had the brass neck to ask for an extra couple of days off to recover from the shock!
Not so for murderer Gavin Mellor, who has had the brass neck to ask the European Court of Human Rights to overturn the Home Office's refusal to allow him to artificially inseminate his wife.
And, after kneeing one of his opponents in the back I couldn't believe he had the brass neck to say: "Those people who know me as a person know I wouldn't do that."
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