chutz·pah also hutz·pah (tspə, ht-)
Utter nerve; effrontery: "has the chutzpah to claim a lock on God and morality" (New York Times).
[Yiddish khutspe, from Mishnaic Hebrew ḥuṣpâ, from ḥāṣap, to be insolent; see ḥṣp in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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