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plural nounvulgar slang
2mass noun Courage or nerve.self-confidence, confidence, assurance, self-assurance, coolness, cool-headedness, self-possessionView synonyms
3British mass noun Nonsense; rubbish (often said to express strong disagreement).rubbish, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, guff, blather, bletherView synonyms
verb[WITH OBJECT]balls something up
Bungle something.mishandle, mismanage, mess up, make a mess of, botch, spoil, mar, ruinView synonyms
have someone/something by the balls
vulgar slang Have complete control over someone or something.‘they've got us by the balls, and they know it’
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