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/ brB:s; ?@ brs; brAs/ n 1 [U] bright yellow metal made by mixing copper and zinc : [attrib ] brass doorknobs, buttons * a brass foundry . 2 (a) [U] objects made of brass, eg candlesticks, ornaments, etc : do/clean/polish the brass [/]. (b) [C] brass ornament worn by a horse . 3 the brass [Gp] (group of people in an orchestra who play) wind instruments made of brass : The brass is/are too loud. . =>illus at App 1 1, page x.4 [C] (esp Brit) brass memorial tablet fixed to the floor or wall of a church . 5 [U] (Brit sl ) money : He's got plenty of brass. . 6 [U] (infml ) impudence; cheek ; : He had the brass to ask his boss for a 20% pay rise. 20%. 7 (idm ) bold as brass => bold. get down to brass `tacks (infml ) start to consider the basic facts or practical details of sth . top brass => top1.
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009-11-22 13:41:03
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