brass ring

noun

Definition of brass ring 

: a rich opportunity : prize

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And if a few extra days of rest now mean that Chapman will be hearty and hale in October, that silver lining may look more like a brass ring. New York Times, "Yankees, With No Lead to Protect Against the Indians, Get to Rest Aroldis Chapman," 13 July 2018 But Friday night, as the Phillies moved into first place in the NL East by percentage points over Atlanta after finishing off the longest game in franchise history at 4 hours, 30 minutes, the manager’s brass ring felt within reach. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies climb atop NL East with blowout win over Pirates," 6 July 2018 Not so, according to Yahoo’s Matt Bai, who wrote a column contemptuously dismissing Pence’s chances to grab the brass ring of the presidency. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Actually, Pence’s Toadying Is His Best Shot at Becoming President," 17 May 2018 But in your play — spoiler alert — one of the two boys doesn’t score the brass ring. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "A Playwright of Poverty Rejects ‘Hard Luck Porn’," 27 Apr. 2018 Having decided against a third gubernatorial term in 2010, Pawlenty decided to go for the brass ring of the presidency himself in the 2012 cycle. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Most Boring Man in Minnesota Is Running for Governor Again," 5 Apr. 2018 Wonder what the next brass ring is for Portland restaurateurs? Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "New Italian-American restaurant coming to longtime Pazzo space with former Renata chef at the helm," 5 Mar. 2018 At Stake: Wozniacki, the world number-two, is also seeded number two, but depending on the ultimate outcome of the tourney, can grab the big brass ring of world number-one (see above). Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Tennis, Anyone? Your Cheat Sheet for the Australian Open Women’s Semifinals," 24 Jan. 2018 For 17 years, the two-week-long Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has served as a brass ring for rising talent—the opportunity to perform for a much larger audience and to network with like-minded comedians from across the globe. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Your guide to SketchFest and Ex Fest," 10 Jan. 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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