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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Salome's earlier chutzpah in approaching Jesus with her sons' request is demonstrated again as she risks visiting the grave of a criminal of the state.
In an impressive tour de force -- no chutzpah lost here -- Rosenthal begins with a chapter entitled "Jesus as Christ and More: The First Eighteen Centuries." She starts with Christian hymns -- Philippians 2:6-11, for example -- and the proliferation of images that characterized Jesus and believers' experiences of him in the early church.
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Mosier, state political director of CAW, deserves credit for his chutzpah. He sat on this panel with the intellectual freedom chair of the Washington Library Association, a progressive Court of Appeals judge, the president of the Washington State American Civil Liberties Union, the legal counsel of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters, the immediate past president of the American Booksellers Association, and the notorious secular humanist First Amendment absolutist--myself.
Pomerantz's evening letter formally requesting the meeting prompted a furious response from Polevoy - the "Chutzpah" letter, that was sent by hand and fax the next morning, July 13th.
With chutzpah to spare, Atwater may well make the G.O.P.
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".
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But I thought I would look at wines that have the chutzpah to stand up to curry, whether a gentle Goan fish dish or a rich, rambunctious Kashmiri-influenced spice-fest.