Definition of Ned Kelly in English:

Ned Kelly

noun

Australian
informal
  • 1A person of reckless courage.

    • ‘At Glenferrie Oval, a record crowd of 36,000 shoehorned into the ground known as the Sardine Can to see Ron Barassi, a Ned Kelly figure after leaving Melbourne over summer, make his debut as Carlton's captain-coach.’
    • ‘I'm not a Ned Kelly and probably no-one you know is that sort of character.’
  • 2A person who shows a lack of scruples in business.

Origin

Late 19th century: from the name of Ned Kelly(see Kelly, Ned).