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(uncountable) A metallic alloy of copper and zinc used in many industrial and plumbing applications.
(countable, music) A class of wind instruments, usually made of metal (such as brass), that use vibrations of the player's lips to produce sound.
Spent shell casings (usually made of brass); the part of the cartridge left over after bullets have been fired.
(uncountable) The colour of brass.
(uncountable, used as a singular or plural noun, military) High-ranking officers.
- The brass are not going to like this.
(uncountable, informal) A brave or foolhardy attitude.
- The brass is not going to like this.
(slang, dated) Money.
- You've got a lot of brass telling me to do that!
* bold as brass
* brass balls
* brass band
* brass hat
* brass in pocket
* brass instrument
* brass knuckles
* brass monkey
* brass nail
* brass neck
* brass rat
* brass ring
* brass section
* brass tacks
* brassed off
* calamine brass
* high brass
* get down to brass tacks
* not have a brass farthing
* top brass
Of the colour of brass.
(informal) Impertinent, bold: brazen.
* 1996 May 24, 2:00 am, Sherman Simpson, Want license key for AGENT FOR WINDOWS95 , alt.usenet.offline-reader.forte-agent:
* 2000 Aug 18, 2:00 am, David Ryan, strangest bid retraction /illegal lottery NOT , rec.collecting.coins:
- Maybe (probably so), but it's rare someone is brass enough to post a msg for all to see asking for a software key, that the vast majority have paid for in support of the development effort.
* 2000 Aug 19, 3:00 am, n4mwd, for RMB , alt.support.anxiety-panic:
- After cornering the dutch auction, the seller was brass enough to send him the whole lot without one.
(slang) Bad, annoying; as wordplay applied especially to brass instruments .
* 1888 , Mr. & Mrs. Bancroft on and off the stage: written by themselves , volume 1, page 90:
- Try to keep in mind that not all of his converts are brass enough to challenge the benzo pushers in this group, [...]
* 1900 , The Training of Seamen'', published in ''The Saturday Review , 3 November 1900, volume 90, number 2349, page 556:
- Grindoff, the miller, 'and the leader of a very brass band of most unpopular performers, with a thorough base accompaniment of at least fifty vices,' was played by Miss Saunders.
* 1908 , The Smith Family'', published in ''Punch'', March 4 1908, bound in ''Punch vol. CXXXIV , page 168:
- I must confess that to me there is something almost pathetic in the sight of a body of bluejackets improving their muscles on the quarter deck by bar-bell exercise, accompanied by a brass — a very brass — band, [...]
* 1937 , Blair Niles, A journey in time: Peruvian pageant , page 166:
- Mr. REGINALD SMITH, KC, the publisher, followed, but he had hardly begun his very interesting remarks when a procession headed by a very brass band entered Smithfield from the west, and approached the platform.
* Philippine Magazine , volume 6, page 27: (rfdate)
- There are soldiers, policemen, priests and friars, as well as a motley mass of women, children, babies and dogs, and upon special occasions a very brass band.
Of inferior composition.
- The padre in my neighborhood — Santa Ana — was having some kind of a fiesta, and had hired a very brass band. This band kept up its martial airs for hours and hours after I got home, with grand finales — or what each time I hoped would be the grand finale, every five minutes.
* 1869 , Calendar of State Papers, domestic series, of the reign of Charles I, 1637-1638 , edited by John Bruce, page 147:
*: At the Council board, I hope to charge him with that he cannot answer, and yet I know his face is brass enough.
* 1872 , Elsie Leigh Whittlesey, Helen Ethinger: or, Not Exactly Right , page 154:
*: [...] he continued in the same insulting strain. "If you were not quite brass , you would know it is not proper to be making promises you dare not tell of."
* 2011 , Paul Christopher, The Templar Conspiracy :
*: It was a show of very large and very brass cojones, [...]
(uncountable, slang) Brass in pocket; money.
(countable, slang) A brass nail; a prostitute.
(slang) Brass monkey; cold.
* French horn
* Muntz metal
* gun metal
an alloy of 88% copper, 10% tin and 2% zinc, originally used for making guns
a dark grey colour