chutzpah

n
daring effrontery, impressive cheek. The word, pronounced 'hootspar', is via Yiddish from the Hebrew huspah (bra-zenness, audacity); it has been in use among non-Jewish Americans since at least the mid-1960s, but only appeared in the mid-1970s in Britain.
► 'I have valued my fleeting acquaintance with Larry Adler over the years because it has always given me an easy way of ex-plaining the meaning of the Jewish word chutzpah to those who have not met this valuable term. As far as I can define it briefly, it's an elegant opportunism, so fast as to deceive the eye, and so suc-cessful as to be totally disarming. Or what cockneys call bloody cheek.' (Miles Kington, Independent, 27 January 1989)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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