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b ras

  • n  an alloy of copper and zinc
  • n  a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
  • n  the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
  • n  impudent aggressiveness
  • n  an ornament or utensil made of brass
  • n  the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments
  • n  a memorial made of brass

  • The pride of many an English country church is its brassnot the personages in the pews but the medieval nobles whose likenesses, engraved on brass plates, are lovingly laid into .
  • Nor, until recently, did it bother the military brass at the bases.
  • One hundred years ago, Americans spent their Sunday afternoons tapping their feet to the boom and oompah of a big brass band.
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  • Mike Slive in ESPN
    The brass ring was there for a lot of different teams to grab it,SEC commissioner and BCS coordinator Mike Slive said during a conference call Sunday night. "Sometimes they did and sometimes they didn't, and when they didn't it allowed two...
  • Andrew Cuomo in
    It seems only fair that top executives should shoulder their fair share of these difficult economic times,Cuomo said. "It would send exactly the wrong message for Citigroup's top brass to collect bonuses while investors, taxpayers and now...
  • Craig Ferguson in San Francisco Chronicle
    There (are) congressman, senators there, military brass, the Cabinet and I sit at the top table with the president and the first lady,Ferguson said. "And I am thinking, 'Does he know I can't be kicked out now?' "

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