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  • verb idiomatic, UK, Ireland To behave boldly or shamelessly.


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  • I don't know how these people have the brass-neck to moralise to anyone, or offer themselves for election. toco

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • You almost have to admire the brass-neck of it all.

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  • The first time they got caught they managed to brass-neck it and convince the astonished elderly American couple that it was they who must have mistakenly got off the lift at the wrong floor and intruded on the room above them.

    Quite Ugly One Morning

  • You have to almost admire his brass-neck, or in this case, his grey-neck!

    A Tangled Web

  • But brass-neck Bertie should not be surprised by the strength of the response, indeed to misquote King Eric's seminal contribution to the English language: "When a dodgy, right-wing ex-Taoiseach follows the trawler he should be prepared for sardines to be thrown at him."


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