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Though ‘chutzpah’ is used to describe a person with extreme confidence, if not arrogance, with the temerity to do and say things that may go beyond what is considered acceptable behaviour, the word is rarely used in a negative context. It is typically used to express admiration at somebody’s resourcefulness and boldness. Chiefly used in North America.
Gary walked straight into the boss’s office and demanded a raise. I admire his chutzpah!
With such a limited budget, we needed a lot of chutzpah to get the project over the line.
Even though I would like to leave my job and take on a new challenge, I don’t think I have the necessary chutzpah.