Term of Yiddish origin often used by lawyers, particularly in the United States, to refer to a “cheeky” argument. An often-cited example of chutzpah is described as: “a man who, having murdered his parents, seeks the court’s mercy on grounds that he is an orphan.”

Another legal joke describing chutzpah is:

A man goes to a lawyer and asks: “How much do you charge for legal advice?”
“A thousand dollars for three questions.”
“Yikes! Isn’t that kind of expensive?”
“Very—and your third question?”

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