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nerves of steel

This page is about the idiom nerves of steel.

Meaning: If you have nerves of steel, you are very brave and not many things make you scared or nervous.

For example:

  • I could never work on one of those high-rise building sites where you walk along beams about twenty stories up. You'd need nerves of steel to do that job.

  • Those people who sing the national anthem before one of those big sporting events must have nerves of steel.

Quick Quiz:

You'd need nerves of steel to

a. make a parachute jump

b. work in a steel mill

c. do a jigsaw puzzle

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Contributor: Matt Errey