brass ring


: a rich opportunity : prize

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Tribeca premiere is the first brass ring yielded by Henri’s passion project, which unspools Hargrove’s evolution from 17-year-old jazz virtuoso to influential, groundbreaking visionary (with credits on such classic albums as D’Angelo’s 2000 set Voodoo) in cinéma vérité style. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, 14 June 2022 Reach for that brass ring. Thomas Farragher,, 17 June 2020 Contentment is life’s brass ring. John Rosemond, ajc, 5 June 2020 Comedy specials are traditionally a brass ring for rising comedians. Matt Wake |, al, 7 Mar. 2023 While the Oscar is certainly the brass ring, portrayals of Monroe have also snagged nominations from the Emmys, SAGs, and more. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 24 Jan. 2023 Attach some greenery to a brass ring and finish it off with a little bell or two. Jessica Cherner, House Beautiful, 14 Dec. 2022 What is that brass ring now for you and your peers? Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Oct. 2022 The basket-like weave of this particular bag tapers through a single brass ring into a thick, rope-like handle meant to be slung over the shoulder. Nathan Heller, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brass ring was in 1930

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“Brass ring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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