hard neck

Related to hard neck: Stiff neck

hard neck

n
informal Irish audacity; nerve
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Friday would fain have had me take one of their canoes, and pursue them; and indeed I was very anxious about their escape, lest, carrying the news home to their people, they should come back perhaps with two or three hundred of the canoes and devour us by mere multitude; so I consented to pursue them by sea, and running to one of their canoes, I jumped in and bade Friday follow me: but when I was in the canoe I was surprised to find another poor creature lie there, bound hand and foot, as the Spaniard was, for the slaughter, and almost dead with fear, not knowing what was the matter; for he had not been able to look up over the side of the boat, he was tied so hard neck and heels, and had been tied so long that he had really but little life in him.
I suppose you have to admire their bottle and hard neck, but this is not the role of a Government department.
Labour's Pat Rabbitte was right when he claimed Anglo's presentation to the Government in September 2008 takes the "biscuit for sheer hard neck and lying".
Gardai say they are looking for a "plainlooking man, with a large beer belly and a very hard neck whose friends call him Barreller".
He's also got a hard neck and when he's getting hassle from the fans - for example over this season's league performances - he just rides it out.
Labour leader Eamon Gilmore also accused Mr Ahern of having "a hard neck" for calling for wage restraints in the wake of his pay rise.
"You have to have a hard neck. And that's something I would take into account before I make any decision about going into the business.
She said "Have a hard neck, take on adults, and be self-assertive."
Mr Dunlop said he was more concerned with the effect on his family than himself as, having worked in politics, he had developed "a hard neck".
I think people need a hard neck above everything else.
Compared to the soft neck garlic, hard neck garlic is likely to emerge as the top-selling product in the garlic market.