brass ring


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brass ring

n. Slang
An opportunity to achieve wealth or success; a prize or reward: "missed the brass ring of American success" (Lewis H. Lapham).

brass′ ring′


n.
1. wealth, success, or prestige as a prize: the brass ring of the Presidency.
2. the opportunity to try for such a prize.
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Noun1.brass ring - a rich opportunity or a prize; "he missed the brass ring at the Miami convention"
chance, opportunity - a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"

brass ring

noun
Slang. A person or thing worth catching:
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In the centre lay a leather mattress, placed almost flat upon the ground, over which hung a strap provided with a buckle, attached to a brass ring in the mouth of a flat-nosed monster carved in the keystone of the vault.
And gathering up the leather reins fastened together by a brass ring, Nikita took the driver's seat and started the impatient horse over the frozen manure which lay in the yard, towards the gate.
One part of his dress only remains, but it is too remarkable to be suppressed; it was a brass ring, resembling a dog's collar, but without any opening, and soldered fast round his neck, so loose as to form no impediment to his breathing, yet so tight as to be incapable of being removed, excepting by the use of the file.
Mary was a little hoyden, and Fred at six years old thought her the nicest girl in the world making her his wife with a brass ring which he had cut from an umbrella.
In a little while, however, they began to appear in more gorgeous array, tricked out in the finery obtained from the white men; bright cloths, brass rings, beads of various colors; and happy was he who could render himself hideous with vermilion.
A swarm of swarthy, noisy, lying, shoulder-shrugging, gesticulating Portuguese boatmen, with brass rings in their ears and fraud in their hearts, climbed the ship's sides, and various parties of us contracted with them to take us ashore at so much a head, silver coin of any country.
This sorry bunch spend the requisite hours at Gamblers Anonymous meetings, which scarcely prevents them from sundry scams (horning in on visiting conventions) and bets (even, when they're most desperate, cockfighting) in which they're eternally reaching for the elusive brass ring.
Each day he led his cow into our compound (garden) by the brass ring threaded through the soft skin between her nostrils.
Yet where there are challenges, there are matching opportunities and the tape industry has never been shy about grasping the brass ring.
Well, in 1996 hundreds of thousands of people not only thought about starting their own business, they grabbed the entrepreneurial brass ring with both hands.
Go for the brass ring and get the recognition you deserve.
Dollywood Maintains Status as the Reigning Winner of the Most Brass Ring Awards with 20