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or chutz•pah

(ˈxʊt spə, ˈhʊt-)

n. Slang.
1. unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
2. audacity; nerve.
[1890–95; < Yiddish khutspe < Hebrew ḥūṣpā]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chutzpa - (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 [ˈxʊtspə] N (esp US) → cara f dura
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Wacky, irreverent and surprisingly literary, Artie Moffa is a poet who's made a big splash on the Boston scene, and deservingly so: it takes a certain chutzpa to launch into a parody of a Gilbert & Sullivan song in public: "I am the very image of a modern college graduate/My breadth of understanding is immensely more than adequate.
Almost anyone with a basic education and sufficient chutzpa could practice law or medicine at the lower levels, and many did, especially clergymen who sometimes practised both.
Northern hospitality and chutzpa in the middle of Markham.