Meaning of BRASS in English

BRASS

■ noun

1》 a yellow alloy of copper and zinc.

↘(also horse ~ ) Brit. a flat ~ ornament for the harness of a draught horse.

↘a memorial consisting of a flat piece of inscribed ~ set into the wall or floor of a church.

↘a ~ block used for stamping a design on a book binding.

2》 ~ wind instruments forming a band or section of an orchestra.

3》 (also top ~ ) informal people in authority.

4》 Brit. informal money.

Phrases

~ed off Brit. informal exasperated.

~ monkey Brit. informal used to indicate extremely cold weather: cold enough to freeze the balls off a ~ monkey. [from a type of ~ rack or ‘monkey’ in which cannonballs were stored and which contracted in very cold weather, ejecting the balls.]

get down to ~ tacks informal start to consider the basic facts or practical details.

Origin

OE bræs , of unknown origin.

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