nerve


nerve (http://definr.com/nerve)

     n 1: any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and
          tissues of the body [syn: nervus]
     2: the courage to carry on: "he kept fighting on pure spunk";
        "you haven't got the heart for baseball" [syn: heart, mettle,
         spunk]
     3: impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness";
        "he had the effrontery to question my honesty" [syn: boldness,
         brass, face, cheek]
     v : get ready for something difficult or unpleasant [syn: steel]