One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Have the impudence or nerve to do something.‘he had the neck to say I wasn't going to marry the man’
- ‘Imagine having the neck to take a week's holidays after sitting for a mere 12 days on their return from a 14-week summer holiday.’
- ‘Dr Cowley even had the neck to plug in his phone in Mr Kenny's office.’
- ‘And he had the neck to tell me that if it wasn't for the passengers the railways would be very efficient.’
- ‘It was estimated that 20,000 Lions supporters had descended on Brisbane for the game but just one had the neck to get the exact shot he wanted at the big time.’
- ‘It will be interesting to see how many members of the Irish Government and the Opposition who have colluded with them will have the neck to come to County Limerick in St Patrick's week to shake the hand of Lech Walesa.’
- ‘Do you have the neck to ask for a bigger discount from your supplier?’
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