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Synonyms of nerve in English:


  • 1 the nerves that transmit pain and physical feeling
  • 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
    informalgrit, guts, spunk, gumption, gutsiness
    British informalbottle, ballsiness
    North American informalmoxie, cojones, sand
    vulgar slangballs
    [Antonyms] timidity, faint-heartedness
  • 3 he had the nerve to try and pick up the casting director at his first audition
    informalface, neck, brass neck, brass, sauce
    North American informalchutzpah
    informal, , datedhide
    British informal, , datedcrust
    rareprocacity, assumption
    [Antonyms] shyness, bashfulness, politeness
  • 4 (nerves) an attack of pre-wedding nerves
    British informalthe (screaming) abdabs/habdabs
    Australian rhyming slangJoe Blakes
    [Antonyms] calmness, nonchalance
  • Phrases

    get on someone's nerves

    jar on, grate on;
    British rub up the wrong way
    British informalnark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across
    North American informalrankle, ride, gravel
    vulgar slangpiss off
    British vulgar slangget on someone's tits
    rareexacerbate, 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

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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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