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".

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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 MonicaNotForgotten Dec 9 '18 at 22:12
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    1 not enough context 2 authors often play with meanings 3 authors can use a word to be taken more than one way. impossible to say from one sentence unless someone has all of PGW memorized – Arm the good guys in America Dec 6 '19 at 17:06

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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