chutzpah


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chutz·pah

also hutz·pah  (KHo͝ot′spə, ho͝ot′-)
n.
Utter nerve; effrontery: "has the chutzpah to claim a lock on God and morality" (New York Times).

[Yiddish khutspe, from Mishnaic Hebrew ḥuṣpâ, from ḥāṣap, to be insolent; see ḥṣp in Semitic roots.]

chutzpah

(ˈxʊtspə) or

hutzpah

n
informal shameless audacity; impudence
[C20: from Yiddish]

chutzpah

A Yiddish term meaning audacity, courage, or nerve.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chutzpah - (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity
cheekiness, insolence, impertinence, impudence, crust, freshness, gall - the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script

chutzpah

also hutzpah
noun
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TIM Farron's breathtaking chutzpah is commendable when he could fit the Lib Dems' surviving eight MPs in a Mazda Bongo.
The letter had the chutzpah to pretend it desired to make the Mac Bride Principles better and more effective when in fact it was, instead, all about sabotaging the Mac Bride Principles.
Starting from now, they will not have the chutzpah to keep their grip on occupied Palestine, and they will not be able to crush the new Palestinian uprising while the council looks the other way.
Whatever explanation you want to give for it, though, there's no question that Pakistanis have chutzpah in droves.
The list of lies do not even merit a response, but one must really have the chutzpah to publish them now - at a time when Muslims are killing Muslims in bigger numbers than 65 years of conflict between Palestinians and Israel.
Let's start with the very first sentence, "We must say we admire the chutzpah of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
FOR chutzpah, Jeremy Hunt the Tory Secretary for Health, really takes the biscuit, saying that lives in the North East are being "needlessly cut short" and the variation in early death rates between different regions in England was "shocking".
Looking overwhelmed, Jim said: "I've only been here about 45 minutes but I'm blown away by the chutzpah of this little place.
Summary: Many words come to mind when one reviews the recent moves by Israel authorities against African migrants, such as hypocrisy, and irony, and of course, chutzpah.
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Well, who else would have the chutzpah to make an adverb of "paralysing"?