have the nerve to do smth

have the nerve to do smth
• to have the nerve to do smth
• to have the cheek to do smth
• to have the face to do smth
• to have the guts to do smth
to put a bold face upon; to act boldly, as if there was nothing to be ashamed of; to dare to do something

Men whom he had regarded as friends among the alluvial diggers looked straight through him when they met, spat as he passed, exclaiming contemptuously. Alf never had the nerve to resent it. (K. Prichard)

If I'd known, I shouldn't have had the cheek to ask you to lunch without him. (J. Galsworthy)

At the last moment I found I hadn't got the face to carry the child in my arms: I thought of what the street-boys would call out after me. (Jerome K. Jerome)


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