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have the nerve to (do something)

To have the will to do something bold, daring, or impudent. Wow, I can't believe that intern had the nerve to ask for a raise on her first day!
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have a nerve

Also, have some nerve. Have audacity, show effrontery. For example, You have a nerve telling me what to do, or She had some nerve, criticizing the people who donated their time. The related have the nerve is used with an infinitive, as in He had the nerve to scold his boss in public. This idiom uses nerve in the sense of "courage" or "audacity." [Late 1800s]
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have a ˈnerve

(informal) behave in a way that other people think is rude or not appropriate: She had a nerve, arriving half an hour late for the meeting.She borrowed my new bicycle without asking. What a nerve!
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have the nerve to do something

(British English also have the face to do something) (informal) do something that other people think is rude or not appropriate without feeling embarrassed or ashamed: He had the nerve to ask me for a pay rise after only three weeks in the job.I don’t know how she’s got the face to criticize my designs. She doesn’t know anything at all about architecture.
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Credit to Karanka for having the nerve to change mid-season and his 4-1-4-1 formation worked a treat at Arsenal.
The Spurs boss also praised Kane for having the nerve to take the second penalty having missed the first.
And they should have been deeply ashamed of their achievement, instead of having the nerve to claim there were no last opportunities.
Phil Casey looks at five reasons why he was chosen: PASSION FOR THE CAUSE Clarke has always been a committed member of the European team, even having the nerve to tell captain Seve Ballesteros what he thought about being left out of the opening day's play as a rookie in 1997.
Successive governments have let preachers like Abu Hamza and Anjem Choudary peddle their hatred of Britain and everything we stand for while having the nerve to live off our State.
By the way, I do apologise to James Benton for having the nerve to write a letter which criticises the contribution of another correspondent.
To keep arguing that point is to guarantee more 'safe' franchise films instead of studios having the nerve to at least try to make something as bold - and expensive - as this.
As was Evans for having the nerve to ask an engineer creating the world's first synthetic egg by removing a quail's eggshell and replacing it with a man-made one: "What's the point?
I must admit to never really having the nerve to drift up on a pod of hippos and fish for any length of time, always fearful that one in the group will take exception to our presence, as is their wont.
One of the ways you could avoid this problem is to carry out proper due diligence before taking on a new role and having the nerve to disqualify otherwise attractive job opportunities.
And you really have to hand it to Dallas for having the nerve to make methane and hydrate gases suitable subjects for pillow talk.
Criticized for having the nerve to make such a bold prediction, Morgan said, "What - don't I have the right to an opinion?
Even for those women that do cover up, it's exactly the same, so covering does nothing to impede men from ogling you or desiring to touch you, or even having the nerve to do so.
While council leaders must be congratulated for having the nerve to embark on a "big bang" by unleashing the Voyager computer system in a single day rather than in stages, the handling of the installation leaves much to be desired.