I am looking for something similar to the english 'having big balls' as an indication of bravery.

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The size of one's 胆 (gallbladder) is metaphorically an indicator of courage, 胆大 = brave; 胆小 = cowardly

  • 有种 (have pedigree) --> having great pride --> brave

Example sentence:

有种你别跑! - if you have pride (dare), don't run

有种你别再追! - if you have pride (dare), stop chasing me

  • 斗胆: (gallbladder as big as a 斗): bold; brazen

  • 吃了豹子胆 (ate leopard gallbladder) = brave; bold; brazen

  • 胆大包天 / 胆包天 (brave enough to take on the world) = brave; bold; brazen


  • 胆生毛 (gallbladder grows hair) It is so big and manly, it grows hair

  • 沙胆 (sandy gallbladder) sandy-> rough -->tough = brave

  • 胆粗 (gallbladder is thick): brave; 胆粗粗咁 (adv): bravely

  • 够姜 (enough ginger = has a lot of spice): brave --> dare to do things plain people don't dare to do

  • 敢死/ 夠胆死 (dare to die/ courageous enough to die) = "damn dare" as in "乜都夠胆死" (damn dare to do anything)

  • 有膽 can also go as "have the guts".
    – Shaw
    Mar 22, 2021 at 21:13
  • 膽生毛 is also purely Canto.
    – Mou某
    Mar 23, 2021 at 7:15
  • Also 胆肥 (fat gallbladder) means the same
    – River
    Mar 23, 2021 at 13:56
  • I am not familiar with Bio, but isn't that "gall" means 胆汁 and 胆 is the "gallbladder"? I guess it is better to say "gallbladder".
    – River
    Mar 23, 2021 at 13:57
  • “胆儿够肥啊!” suitable too
    – imkzh
    Apr 29, 2021 at 8:42

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