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plural nounvulgar slang
2[mass 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).nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether, moonshineView synonyms
verb[WITH OBJECT]balls something up
Bungle something.wreck, ruin, spoil, disrupt, undo, upset, play havoc with, make a mess of, put an end to, end, bring to an end, put a stop to, terminate, prevent, frustrate, blight, crush, quell, quash, dash, scotch, shatter, vitiate, blast, devastate, demolish, sabotage, torpedoView synonyms
have someone/thing 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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