Bold as Beauchamp (Beech-um). It is said that Thomas
Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, with one squire and six archers, overthrew
100 armed men at Hogges, in Normandy, in 1346:
This exploit is not more incredible than that attributed to
Captal-de-Buch, who, with forty followers, cleared Meau of the
insurgents called “La Jacquerie,” 7,000 of whom were slain by this
little band, or trampled to death in the narrow streets as they fled
Bold as brass.
Downright impudent without modesty. Similarly, we say
“brazen-faced.” I make bold to say. I take the liberty of
saying; I venture to say.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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