wealth, success, or a prestigious position considered as a goal or prize:
Few of those who reach for the brass ring of the Presidency achieve it.
the opportunity to try for such a prize.
A chance to achieve wealth or success; a prize or reward. For example, “As a businessman he let the brass ring go by too many times. And it got him.” This quotation from the Boston Globe (July 31, 1995) refers to an executive who was forced to resign. The term comes from the practice of giving a free ride to the person who succeeded in picking a ring out of a box while riding a merry-go-round. [ ; late 1800s ]
an antiquarian’s technique for copying designs from incised brass memorial slabs and the like. a copy made by brass-rubbing. Compare rubbing (def 2). noun the taking of an impression of an engraved brass tablet or plaque by placing a piece of paper over it and rubbing the paper with graphite, heelball, or chalk an impression […]
the most fundamental considerations; essentials; realities (usually used in the phrase get down to brass tacks). plural noun (informal) basic realities; hard facts (esp in the phrase get down to brass tacks)
articles made of brass. Historical Examples Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7 Various Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum) The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 4 Various The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin