Meaning of “He’s got more bottle than a milkman”

I was watching a game of snooker the other day and heard one of the commentators say “This player has got more bottle than a milkman” after a particularly good shot. What does this mean and how could it be used in other contexts?

PS. google yields no useful results for this expression.


In this context bottle is probably the informal BrE term for ‘nerve’ or ‘courage’.

British informal mass noun The courage or confidence needed to do something difficult or dangerous.

I lost my bottle completely and ran

ODO, sense 2.

To say that someone has “more bottle than a milkman” is a jocular way of saying that he is very bold: a milkman, who delivers milk to homes, of course has a lot of bottles.

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