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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 now—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.
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*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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.