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See also: brass-neck
- (idiomatic, Britain, Ireland) Gall, shamelessness, cheek.
2014 March 18, John Hyde, “Help for Heroes? Not from this government”, in The Law Society Gazette, archived from the original on 20 March 2014:
- This year's commemorations of the start of World War One are a stark reminder of the sacrifices politicians make with other people's lives – except nowadays they'll do so wearing a Help for Heroes t-shirt (almost entirely covering their brass necks). When it comes to the hypocritical lauding of the armed forces while simultaneously shafting them, no one does it better than this government.
- (idiomatic, Britain, Ireland) A person with gall.