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brass-necked (comparative more brass-necked, superlative most brass-necked)

  1. (idiomatic, UK, Ireland) Nervy; cheeky; shameless.
    • 2007 August 6, Dave Hill, “Plane sailing?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      I was at Stansted airport with my wife, younger kids and a niece the other week to take a flight to Dublin; one provided by that brass-necked, self-proclaimed champion of the air-travelling masses Michael O'Leary and his low-cost trailblazer Ryanair.
    • 2019 September 26, Polly Toynbee, “Boris Johnson’s brutish parliamentary performance defied all democratic dignity”, in The Guardian[2]:
      “Humbug”. That word may sink him. “Unfit” was Corbyn’s sombrely measured term. Brazen, brass-necked, thrashing about wildly in proclaiming the 11 supreme court justices “wrong”, Boris Johnson’s performance last night defied all democratic dignity.



  1. simple past and past participle of brass-neck

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