chutzpa


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chutz•pa

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
Translations

chutzpa

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./I'm good at solving problems, both the simple and labyrinthine./I know my marble columns from ionic to Corinthian." If you're looking for a dull, predictable reading, go somewhere else, because Moffa's a blast.
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.