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make bold

To do something that is (or could be seen as) surprising, daring, and perhaps inappropriate. This phrase can be used before such a question to soften it. May I make bold and ask for a second helping? I wouldn't presume to make bold and suggest any wrongdoing on the councilor's part.
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make bold

Also, make so bold as. Dare, presume, take the liberty of doing something, as in Let me make bold and ask you to back me as a member, or I will not make so bold as to criticize a respected scholar. This expression was frequently used by Shakespeare but is heard less often today. [Late 1500s]
See also: bold, make

make bold

To venture: I will not make so bold as to criticize such a scholar.
See also: bold, make
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"Who be ye, that thus rudely breaks in upon the peace of my castle, and makes bold to insult my guests?" demanded Roger de Leybourn.
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KIM JONG UN MAKES BOLD VOW THE leader of North Korea has agreed to dismantle his main nuclear complex - but only if the United States does the same.
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Surrounded by human suffering, Wanderer is deeply moved by the plight of the indigenous species and makes bold and selfless choices that could have dire consequences.
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70s 1971 THE battle of the boundaries warms up today as Durham County Council makes bold territorial claims in answer to the Government''s scheme for a shake-up of local administration.
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