Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cojones n.

also cajuns, cohones
[synon. Sp.; popularized first by the works of Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) and latterly by Puerto Rican immigrants to US]

testicles, used to mean both the physical organ and metaphorical courage.

E. Hemingway Death in the Afternoon 28: It takes more cojones to be a sportsman where death is a closer party to the game.
[US]R. Chandler Little Sister 74: Muy guapo tambien. Con cojones.
[US]E. Hunter Blackboard Jungle 196: Or are you just all talk and no cojones?
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 132: Ugh, did he break cajuns in this case.
[US]E. Torres Q&A 123: Mullins got plenty cojones.
[US]H. Gould Fort Apache, The Bronx 47: Oye, maricon, you wanna show me your cohones?
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 36: My cohones got so big [...] they needed extra road crew for d’load.
[UK]T. Fontana and D. Sarjeant ‘Animal Farm’ Oz ser. 2 ep. 7 [TV script] I got no problem with you taking over. I mean you El Cid. You have cojones.
[US]Source Nov. 20: Every now and then, you’ve got to grab your cojones and put it out there.
[US]Ian Dury ‘Bed of Roses No. 9’ [lyrics] You robbed me of my natural sense of humour / And nailed my poor cojones to the door.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skinny Dip 167: Tool [...] would appreciate the cojones that it took to throw Joey off the cruise liner.