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  • n  (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity

  • Leo Rosten in The Tidings
    In "The Joys of Yiddish," the late, great Leo Rosten noted with relish the classic definition of chutzpa: "Chutzpa is that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his father and his mother, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he...
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov in Jerusalem Post
    It always takes chutzpa to go on stage,Baryshnikov told the reporters, self-deprecatingly. "It's every entertainer's karma and it's a bit embarrassing, because you are saying 'I think I'm good enough to go on stage.'"
  • Randi Weingarten in New York Times
    Calling the chancellor's entreaties "the height of chutzpa," Ms. Weingarten said he was asking the state to allow him "not to be accountable."

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