I had never heard this expression before but guessed from the eek context that it meant guts or courage. I wonder if it is commonly used and commonly understood, and what its origin is. Is it only a BrE expression?No-one can deny that George Osborne has bottle.
The simplest and probably the best explanation is that bottle originally stood for the courage that comes out of a bottle and has gradually come to mean genuine courage.
Thanks loob and ew - dunno how I missed them... now merged into one gloriously incoherent megathread.
Thanks for that - we await more AmE input to my enquiry about usage vis-à-vis the pond.I've never heard, "He's got a lot of bottle," used in America.