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  • noun Plural form of brass.


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  • The "brasses" are bored out about three-sixteenths of an inch larger than the shaft; then the recesses are slotted out for the reception of the wooden strips.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 29, March, 1860 Various

  • The front door "brasses" had been polished, the window-boxes watered and no cries for aid issued from the rooms behind them.

    The Head of the House of Coombe Frances Hodgson Burnett 1886

  • At one moment he may be calmly polishing up the "brasses" of his engine, or skylarking with his comrades, or sedately reading a book, or snoozing in bed, and the next he may be battling fiercely with the flames.

    Personal Reminiscences in Book Making and Some Short Stories 1859

  • Among these youths were several of the older hands, and one or two officers of the brigade, the latter being distinguished by brass ornaments or "brasses" on their shoulders.

    Life in the Red Brigade London Fire Brigade 1859

  • "brasses" may be good in certain districts of England, but in literature they should not be used, for they would not generally be understood.

    English: Composition and Literature 1899

  • "The 'brasses' worn by the modern cart-horse are a direct survival of the amulets which bedecked the horses of the time of Julius Cæsar.

    Punch or the London Charivari, Volume 158, March 24, 1920. Various

  • The Chicago Symphony's musicians have long been recognized for the muscularity of their playing — the brasses especially — but already Mr. Muti seems to have cultivated in them a new refinement.

    Muti and Chicago Rekindle the Flame David Mermelstein 2010

  • Girls in THANET ... you are all slags, hoes, brasses and bheads.

    This week: Sathya Sai Baba, George Osborne, Wayne Rooney 2011

  • Until the brass are held responsible for the chaos and not those that follow the brasses orders, nowt changes. on November 14, 2009 at 9: 06 pm 24/7 Inspector

    Put Those Bloody Spears Down! « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG Inspector Gadget 2009

  • A carnival should be all growls, roars like timberlands stacked, bundled, rolled and crashed, great explosions of lion dust, men ablaze with working anger, pop bottles jangling, horse brasses shivering, engines and elephants in full stampede through rains of sweat while zebras neighed and trembled and like cage trapped in cage.

    Carnival of the Liberals 88 2009


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  • Layers of pyrite occurring in a coal seam.

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