unmitigated gall

unmitigated gall

Absolute impudence, out-and-out effrontery. The use of gall, which strictly speaking means the liver’s secretion, or bile, and its extension to bitterness of any kind, dates from about a.d. 1000. In late nineteenth-century America, however, it began to be used in the sense of “nerve” or “brazenness.” Its frequent pairing with unmitigated, meaning “unmodified” or “intense,” occurred in the twentieth century.
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* Insurance criminals today define the Yiddish word "Chutzpah!" Their unmitigated gall to challenge a conviction for fraud is without bound.
And in an unusually personal swipe, Schumer said McConnell was showing "unmitigated gall" to oppose delaying Kavanaugh's nomination after refusing for most of 2016 to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the court after Antonin Scalia died.
But for Justin Trudeau, he pulled out all the stops with a complete hissy fit over a rather mild rebuke about the arrest of two Saudi citizens who had the unmitigated gall to suggest all is not perfect with the House of Saud.
Loading dock man: "Pull that load over to that other dock." (My Old Man having the unmitigated gall to ask why.)
At the close of his speech to Planned Parenthood at the organization's April 26 gala celebration, President Barack Obama had the unmitigated gall to ask God to bless the group that leads the nation in providing abortions.
Wysong also had the unmitigated gall to claim that the insurer was unjustly enriched when it took away the book of business--as the agreement allowed--when he had, in fact, earned a net of $300,000 from the book of business until he was fired.
This is a case of unmitigated gall. The defendants clearly and without compunction presented a false and fraudulent claim for injuries that were never incurred.
Incredibly, Towey recently had the unmitigated gall to pen an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal attacking President Barack Obama for using several faith-based offices in federal agencies to let Americans know about the new health-care law.
He has managed to be the highest claiming MP for Additional Costs Allowance two years running and now has the unmitigated gall to claim it was a mistake that he claimed for a donation as a church remembrance service.
strives to live up to its name, which is a Yiddish word for unmitigated gall, or moxie, depending on your view.
When a junior high-school counselor once had the unmitigated gall to advise her to send him to a vocational school, she replied that she didn't come all the way from Panama to see her son grow up to do menial labor.
The reason I have been moved to write, is the unmitigated gall of his defence barrister in asking if it is in the public interest to disrupt Grahamslaw's family by sending him to prison.
Constitution, which had already left the building when outraged generals slapped President Clinton (the draft dodger!) upside the head for having the unmitigated gall in 1993 to suggest lifting the ban on allowing gays and lesbians to legally die defending freedom in the uniforms of the U.S.
Yup, the land that brings you celebrity Karaoke Abba nights has the unmitigated gall to send researchers to find ads that allow us to laugh at the Japanese.
One more thing: Gordon's main task, and a difficult one, will be to teach and sell the benefits of the union to the many young and ego-driven reporters, photographers and editors who not only scorn the purposes of the Guild, and all unions, but who have the unmitigated gall and unbelievable naivete to think that they earn more than $75,000 a year just because they have such great talent and because Pulitzer LLC appreciates them.