the brass ring

Definition of the brass ring

US, informal

  1. :  a very desirable prize, goal, or opportunity He made his first try for the brass ring when he ran for mayor a few years ago. —often used in phrases like grab the brass ring and go for the brass ring She's decided to go for the brass ring and start her own business.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  an alloy consisting essentially of copper and zinc in variable proportions

    :  a usually brass memorial tablet

    :  bright metal fittings, utensils, or ornaments

  1. :  a circular band for holding, connecting, hanging, pulling, packing, or sealing

    :  a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger

    :  a circular line, figure, or object

  1. :  to provide with a ring

    :  to place or form a ring around :  encircle

    :  girdle

  1. :  to sound resonantly or sonorously

    :  to be filled with a reverberating sound :  resound

    :  to have the sensation of being filled with a humming sound

  1. :  a set of bells

    :  a clear resonant sound made by or resembling that made by vibrating metal

    :  resonant tone :  sonority

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