not a brass farthing

not a brass farthing

no money or assets at all – informal

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brass monkey

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.

brass neck

cheek or effrontery - informal

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.

part brass rags with

quarrel and break off a friendship with

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