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  1. brass monkeynoun

    a metal stand that formerly held cannon balls on sailing ships


  1. brass monkeyadjective

    Very cold.

  2. Brass Monkeynoun

    A cocktail of vodka, rum and orange juice, sometimes with the addition of galliano.

  3. Brass Monkeynoun

    A brand of inexpensive liquor.


  1. Brass monkey

    The phrase "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey" is a colloquial expression used by some English speakers. The reference to the testes of the brass monkey appears to be a 20th-century variant on the expression, prefigured by a range of references to other body parts, especially the nose and tail. During the 19th and 20th centuries, small monkeys cast from the alloy brass were very common tourist souvenirs from China and Japan. They usually, but not always, came in a set of three representing the Three Wise Monkeys carved in wood above the Shrine of Toshogu in Nikkō, Japan. These monkeys were often cast with all three in a single piece. In other sets they were made singly. Although three was the usual number, some sets of monkeys added a fourth, with its hand covering its genitals. Old brass monkeys of this type are collectors' items. Michael Quinion, advisor to The Oxford English Dictionary and author of World Wide Words says "It’s more than likely the term came from them".


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  1. brass monkeynoun

    An alcoholic concoction created by adding a little orange juice to a 40oz of Old English. "Drinking Brass Monkey" -- Beastie Boys (Brass Monkey), "and Brass Monkey yeah we sip like that" -- RZA as Bobby Digital (Bong Bong).

Editors Contribution

  1. brass monkey

    The brass cannon ball holders on ships of yesteryear. The brass would contract faster than the steel cannon balls and would then roll off.

    Submitted by anonymous on February 11, 2021  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brass monkey in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brass monkey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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