a lot of nerve

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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 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
References in classic literature ?
"Looks as though he had lots of nerve, and that sort of thing.
Caren explained: "Dr McNamara tried physiotherapy first, but as there is lots of nerve damage it had little effect.
Difficult to pick holes in her form, but Ryan Moore will be riding her with lots of nerve and will need the gaps to appear
WAKE-UPCALL: Gerry White says businessmen need lots of nerve
"Tough match and lots of nerves on show but class told in the end.
SERENA WILLIAMS overcame two lots of nerves on the first day of the French Open - crushing Anna Tatishvili and then speaking about the match in French.
TIFFANY A Whiskers are special hairs that are quite stiff compared to other hairs and they are surrounded at their base by lots of nerves. This makes them very sensitive to touch and air movements, which cats use to their advantage to sense nearby objects.