get down to brass tacks
start to consider the essential facts or practical details reach the real matter in hand – informal
1932 - T. S. Eliot Sweeney Agonistes - That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks : Birth and copulation and death.
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used in various phrases to refer to extremely cold weather.
Brass monkey comes from the mid 20th-century vulgar slang expression : cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey – the origin of which has been debated. One suggestion relates it to brass trays known as monkeys on which cannon balls were once stowed aboard warships.
1994 - Camping Magazine - David will be doing his best to show you how to keep warm under canvas even if the temperature outside has dipped to brass monkey level.
the brass ring
success, especially as a reward for ambition or hard work - North American informal
This phrase refers to the reward of a free ride on a merry-go-round given to the person who succeeds in hooking a brass ring suspended over the horses.
cheek or effrontery - informal
not a brass farthing
no money or assets at all – informal
part brass rags with
quarrel and break off a friendship with
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