lot of nerve

a lot of nerve

1. A great amount of courage, resolve, or integrity. It must have taken a lot of nerve to stand up to your boss like that. I'll warn you know—you've got to have a lot of nerve to take on such a powerful lobbying firm.
2. Rude, impertinent, or brazen audacity. You've got a lot of nerve walking in here after the way you spoke to me last time. I've given him chance after chance, but he keeps on betraying my trust. What a lot of nerve.
See also: lot, nerve, of

*lot of nerve

1. Fig. great rudeness; a lot of audacity or brashness. (*Typically: have ~; take ~.) He walked out on her, and that took a lot of nerve! You have a lot of nerve! You took my parking place!
2. Fig. courage. (*Typically: have ~; take ~.) He climbed the mountain with a bruised foot. That took a lot of nerve. He has a lot of nerve to go into business for himself.
See also: lot, nerve, of
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The "Rojiblanco" central defender knows that it will be a confrontation with a lot of nerve.
Rebecca White has a lot of nerve to even mention school nurses, given that it was Labor and in particular, Michelle OByrne that cut them from our schools in the first place.
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She's got her pet bug, a good mind, a lot of nerve, and a determination to run away.
IT takes a lot of nerve -or arrogance - to fiddle about with a classic Shifting in time and place a work of genius, such as setting Hamlet in gangster-ridden 1920s America, always smacks of a second-rate theatre director desperate for cheap publicity.
A press release, for example, begins: "'Ted Strickland's got a lot of nerve,' campaign manager Barbara Briggs said after more bogus charges from the perennial candidate.
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It takes a lot of nerve, takes a lot of mental prowess, so I'd like to think I'm on that path.
This movie certainly has a lot of nerve," the New York Post quoted Hathaway, 27, as telling Vogue magazine.
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