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I've been reading Thank You, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse and couldn't understand what he meant by "The man must have the crust of a rhinoceros".

Is this British slang? Can somebody explain to me what this means?

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    It probably means hide. The hide of a rhino is thick and hard to penetrate. If he has a think hide it means that he does not understand nuance at all (to put it mildly). To get through to him you have to hit him over the head with a two by four (to use another idiom) even to get his attention. – ab2 Dec 9 '18 at 22:12
  • @ab2 Thanks! That makes sense. – Daniel_V Dec 9 '18 at 22:14
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Crust in English slang means impertinence, according to Collins English Dictionary. You have to scroll quite far down to find this meaning.

YourDictionary.com gives the slang meaning as

5.Slang audacity; insolence; gall

In my comment, I said that crust of a rhino probably meant a thick hide that was impervious to subtlety or nuance; that one would have to hit him over the head with a two by four to even get his attention.

This is consistent with the dictionary definitions above, but with a slightly different emphasis. Someone with the crust of a rhino has a lot of gall, and is oblivious of how offensive he is, or simply does not give a damn what other people think.

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