bold as brass


having a lot of confidence

TRANSLATION

bold as brass = selbstbewusst; rotzfrech, frech wie Oskar brass (metal) = Messing

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

BOLD AS BRASS, the thieves entered Graffs Jewellery Salon in New Bond Street, London. In just three minutes they broke into two cabinets, bundled £23m worth of jewels into a bag, and fled. Although arrested a few weeks later, most of the jewels were never recovered.

The Daily Telegraph

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bold as brass
idiom

- with extreme confidence or without the respect or politeness people usually show:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org

- In a brash, arrogant, or pushy manner.

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com

- describing someone who is not afraid at all, or exudes extreme confidence

Merriam-Webster

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ETYMOLOGY

There are two theories regarding the origin of this phrase:

(1) Referring to the Lord Mayor of London in the 1770s, Brass Crosby. He boldly challenged the authorities by supporting the printing of a pamphlet regarding the proceedings of Parliament.

(2) Brass is a shiny, hard metal that has often been thought cheap and vulgar, a debased or pretentious rival to gold.

No one knows for sure. Maybe there's truth in both.

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SYNONYMS

Shameless, audacious, impudent. bold, cheeky, cocksure, impertinent, intrepid, lippy, mouthy, presumptuous

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