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After months of agonizing, she finally found the nerve to tell him he was wrong.
It took a lot of nerve for him to ask her out.
Suddenly I lost my nerve and I couldn't move.
There's nothing really wrong with her, it's just nerves.
A case of nerves won't stop me from performing tonight.
He asked for a drink to calm his nerves before heading out to the plane.
She had the nerve to call me a liar after everything I've done for her.
You've got a lot of nerve, calling me at this time of night.
The nerve of him, asking me for money!
This is the American English definition of nerve. View British English definition of nerve.
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