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what a nerve! | you've got a nerve

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase what a nerve! | you've got a nerve

Meaning

You can say this if someone's being brave, esp. if they're challenging someone in authority or asserting their rights.

For example

  • "What a nerve! Coming into my office and complaining. Who do you think you are?"
    "I'm one of your underpaid workers, sir."

  • "I told him we'd go on strike if he didn't increase our pay."
    "Wow! You've got a nerve, talking to him like that. I wouldn't dare!"

Quick Quiz

After her lecture, my professor said "You've got nerve,

a. taking so many notes."

b. looking so tense all the time."

c. correcting me while I'm lecturing."

Contributor: Matt Errey