have the brass (neck) to (do something)

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have the brass (neck) to (do something)

To be bold enough to do something rude or inappropriate. 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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Only the Tories would have the brass neck to discuss this in Parliament and I wouldn't put it past them to try and make it law.
It's hysterical that a nation who eat snails, frogs and horses can have the brass neck to dictate what another nation chooses to eat and how they eat it.
THIS week's unanswered question: how does the Park Lane Hilton have the brass neck to charge pounds 30 for a bottle of Kleine Zalze CB, as was the case at the ROA/Racing Post awards night last week, when a few clicks through to Everywine.
Yet as usual we can sit back and watch as the Beeb finds plenty cash to cover England's games, plus put in massive amounts of money to show highlights of the English Premiership, yet every year they still have the brass neck to ask us for a licence fee.
Question - do you think Celtic fans have the brass neck to complain when the English keep going on about what happened way back in 1966
WITH the tsunami disaster and all that misery how could the British Darts Association have the brass neck to complain that they could lose a pounds 1million lottery grant because two idiots misbehaved onTV?
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