a musical wind instrument of brass or other metal with a cup-shaped mouthpiece, as the trombone, tuba, French horn, trumpet, or cornet.
a band of metal with four holes that fits over the upper fingers and that is gripped when a fist is made, used for increasing the effect of a blow with the fist. Historical Examples Andersonville, complete John McElroy Andersonville, Volume 2 John McElroy
brass monkey Historical Examples The Ocean Cat’s Paw George Manville Fenn And Then the Town Took Off Richard Wilson The Story Girl Lucy Maud Montgomery The Boy Scouts in A Trapper’s Camp Thornton W. Burgess Plowing On Sunday Sterling North The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion The Patrol of the Sun […]
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 […]
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)