I came across this word in a biography of the Beatles and I can't grasp its meaning, so I would be grateful to anybody who could try to explain it to me. I looked up various definitions in a dictionary, but none seem to fit this. The following is an extract from the book:

She said Michael was going to be a leader of men. I think this was because he was always arguing. Paul did things much quieter. He had much more nonce. Mike stuck his neck out. Paul always avoided trouble.

  • Are you sure this isn't a misspelling, or mistranscription, or mishearing of nuance? – Spencer Mar 4 '18 at 1:14
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    I think it's a typo for nous : "common sense; practical intelligence" google.co.uk/… – Nigel J Mar 4 '18 at 1:22
  • Well I myself thought it meant something like common sense and wasn't sure if I had read it correctly but it says nonce for sure. You may be right and it is probably a typo. Thank you. – Marcia Grace Mar 4 '18 at 17:31
  • That looks like a mispelling of "nous", meaning common sense. What did your dictionaries and search engines leave unclear, please? – Robbie Goodwin Mar 17 '18 at 19:09
  • I seem to have reached the same conclusion, it is definitely a typo for nous. Thank you :) – Marcia Grace Mar 18 '18 at 22:39

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