Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

have a nerve

have a nerve
Meaning(s)
1) act in a brazen way or be bold enough to ask for something that you may have no right to
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    • you have a nerve speaking to me that way!
  • Analysis
    When you say that someone 'has a nerve,' you are criticizing them for doing or saying something that you feel they have no right to. It is almost always used in a negative sense as it is directed towards or said about somebody who has annoyed you, and usually relates to behaviour that is unsuitable or impolite. On top of that, the wrongdoer is typically not embarrassed or apologetic about their behaviour. It is common in both a social and professional context, and shares a similar meaning to the phrases 'have some cheek,' and 'be so bold as to.' 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Can you believe James asked me to lend him £500 when he has yet to pay back the last loan I gave him? He has some nerve!
    2. I can't believe you have the nerve to tell me my outfit looks terrible. 
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. You have a real nerve speaking to me like that! Don't forget that I'm your boss!
    2. The new employee had the nerve to ask me for a raise. She's only been working here a week!
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