brass ring


Definition of brass ring

: a rich opportunity : prize

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For decades, the brass ring for showrunners was seeing their series hit the 100-episode mark. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, "The end of the backend? Disney wants to limit profit participation on its new TV shows," 12 Sep. 2019 What happens to politicians who reach for the big brass ring and end up flailing? Adrian Walker,, "Seth Moulton’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad summer vacation," 18 Aug. 2019 Senders specified each capsule’s destination by manipulating brass rings at its base; electro-mechanical widgets in the tubes read those settings and routed each capsule toward its destination. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "Was E-mail a Mistake?," 6 Aug. 2019 The brass rang the call for freedom in way to fill the streets with triumph. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The Budapest Festival Orchestra takes over the Bowl," 31 July 2019 The one-time city attorney, now 54, became the first female — let alone biracial race — district attorney in the city’s history, winning again four years later before claiming another brass ring as California's first female attorney general in 2010. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Kamala Harris knows how to 'throw an elbow': How California politics shaped the 2020 hopeful," 4 July 2019 But the brass ring would be to bring A.I. scrutiny to fighters, both old and new. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can Big Data Save Old Warplanes?," 23 Jan. 2019 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,, "Phillies climb atop NL East with blowout win over Pirates," 6 July 2018

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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