have nerves of steel

have nerves of steel

To have the ability to stay calm at all times, even during pressure-filled situations. If you're going to be a neurosurgeon, you need to have nerves of steel—there's no time to panic when you're operating on someone's brain. My mother had nerves of steel, and she never backed down from danger.
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have nerves of steel

not be easily upset or frightened.
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have nerves of ˈsteel

not be easily frightened in a difficult or dangerous situation: She won’t be nervous about doing it. She’s got nerves of steel.
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The successor undoubtedly will be chosen for wonkish smarts and political savvy, but whoever it is better have nerves of steel.
All have nerves of steel, quick wits, and excellent physical prowess.
"The pay is good and, if you have nerves of steel, the financial rewards of ownership are great.