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Synonyms of nerve in English:


  • 1 the nerves that transmit pain and physical feeling
    technical axon
  • 2 the match will be a test of nerve, strength, and skill
    self-confidence, confidence, assurance, self-assurance, coolness, cool-headedness, self-possession;
    determination, strength of character, firmness of purpose, will power, spirit, backbone, fortitude, mettle, heart, endurance, tenacity, resolution, resoluteness, stout-heartedness, steadfastness, staunchness, hardihood
    informal grit, guts, spunk, gumption, gutsiness
    British informal bottle, ballsiness
    North American informal moxie, cojones, sand
    vulgar slang balls
    [Antonyms] timidity, faint-heartedness
  • 3 he had the nerve to try and pick up the casting director at his first audition
    informal face, neck, brass neck, brass, sauce
    North American informal chutzpah
    informal, , dated hide
    British informal, , dated crust
    rare procacity, assumption
    [Antonyms] shyness, bashfulness, politeness
  • 4 (nerves) an attack of pre-wedding nerves
    British informal the (screaming) abdabs/habdabs
    Australian rhyming slang Joe Blakes
    [Antonyms] calmness, nonchalance
  • Phrases

    get on someone's nerves
    jar on, grate on;
    British  rub up the wrong way
    British informal nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across
    North American informal rankle, ride, gravel
    vulgar slang piss off
    British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
    rare exacerbate, hump, rasp


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    nerve oneself
    Morag nerved herself to go on
    [Antonyms] lose one's nerve
    brace oneself, steel oneself, summon/gather/screw up/muster one's courage, screw one's courage to the sticking place, gear oneself up, prepare oneself, get in the right frame of mind;
    fortify oneself, bolster oneself
    informal psych oneself up

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    neural relating to nerves in the body
    neur(o)- related prefix
    neuritis inflammation of a nerve
    neurology, neuropathology, neurosurgery branches of medicine to do with the nerves
    neurectomy surgical removal of a nerve
    neurotomy surgical cutting of a nerve
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