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brass balls

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brass balls

noun phrase

Courage; audacity; guts: But I had the brass balls to hold out for a piece of the action (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • The brass balls are shown at A, and beneath them the flat plate B, which acts as a reflector.

  • He turned up a number of brass balls which he gave to Chief.

  • It seemed as if the brass balls on the iron fence shone brighter than ever because he had come.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • Narrow flights of steps with wrought-iron railings, topped here and there with brass balls, led to the two doors.

  • Flashes were coming brightly in the spark-gap between the two brass balls of the home-made apparatus.

  • At their upper and lower ends respectively the earth and aĆ«rial wires terminate in brass balls separated by a gap.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • When these are connected properly, the closing of the circuit with the key will cause sparks to jump between the brass balls.

    ABC of Electricity William Henry Meadowcroft
  • With a sudden jump, the performer seated himself in this bowl and caught twelve brass balls thrown up to him.

  • The villagers thought the brass balls were magic stuff and as perishable as smoke.

  • Anyhow, Syd turned on 'Patsy' and let him have both tusks, brass balls and all, right through the body.

    Careers of Danger and Daring Cleveland Moffett

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