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  • adv. In a brassy manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Impudently; with brazen confidence.


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  • Danielle Chiesi — brassily blond, provocatively attired and outrageously blunt — cut quite a figure in the shadow world where tech-company insiders and hedge-fund moguls swapped gossip about silicon chips and bottom-line earnings.

    Key Plotter Pleads Guilty in Galleon Case

  • If it doesn't work, we need to look for other reasons: choice of tempo, dynamics or perhaps – speaking rashly in this Mahler-fest anniversary-mad year – in the music itself, especially in the exciting but brassily gaudy final minutes.

    BBC Proms 65 and 66 Berlin Philharmonic/Simon Rattle

  • But summer — or, rather, "summer" (in terms of actual release dates, the multiplex version now starts before Memorial Day and is all over but the shouting by mid-July) — is Bugs's season in the sun, wherein profit is brassily conceived as not only an end in itself but also a means of gaining industry prestige, otherwise known as beating the competition.

    The Big Shill

  • Hanging a left to the West Coast, she tackles movie songs, brassily belting out Busby Berkeley golddigger songs from black-and-white Warner Brothers musicals of the 1930's with a Joan Blondell heart of pure platinum.

    Billy Bob's Mom Has E.S.P. ��� Mary Cleere Haran at the Carlyle

  • On the doorstep stood no recognisable customer but a young woman in a vast sloppy sweater hanging round her knees, topped by a baseball cap over a shock of brassily dyed streaky hair.


  • The storm wasn't far away now, al though the sun still shone brassily.

    So Close and No Closer

  • NYPD cruiser radios echoed brassily above the noise of whining police and hospital emergency sirens at the helicopter crash site near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

    Black Friday

  • The upside-down beam of a flashlight at floor level gleamed brassily off a security badge and made dark lines along the regulation creases of the guard's light-blue shirt as he helped her to sit up.

    The Silent Tower

  • The tugboat, which was doing its very best to be run down, got away just in time, and its band was playing clashily and brassily a popular but impolite air:

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 4, March, 1896

  • In the drawing-room below the gramophone was dealing brassily with "Mister Blackman."

    Love Among the Chickens


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