chutzpa

[khoot-spuh, hoot-]
noun Slang.
1.
unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
2.
audacity; nerve.
Also, chutzpah, hutzpa, hutzpah.


Origin:
1890–95; < Yiddish khutspa < Aramaic ḥūṣpā

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chutzpah or hutzpah (ˈxʊtspə)
 
n
informal shameless audacity; impudence
 
[C20: from Yiddish]
 
hutzpah or hutzpah
 
n
 
[C20: from Yiddish]

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chutzpah
1892, from Yiddish khutspe "impudence, gall" from Heb. hutspah. The classic definition is that given by Leo Rosten: "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan."
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chutzpah [(khoot-spuh, hoot-spuh)]

Yiddish term for courage bordering on arrogance, roughly equivalent to “nerve” (in the slang sense): “It took a lot of chutzpah to make such a controversial statement.”

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Example sentences
Even text that is bold, italicized, and underlined all at once doesn't begin to
  approach the in-your-face chutzpah of all caps.
It takes a certain chutzpah for an operatic and concert performer to take art
  songs into a cabaret setting.
Working for yourself requires entrepreneurial spirit and chutzpah.
How they came together is a story of friendship and courtship, of bereavement
  and a bit of chutzpah.
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