brass-ring

brass ring

noun Informal.
1.
wealth, success, or a prestigious position considered as a goal or prize: Few of those who reach for the brass ring of the Presidency achieve it.
2.
the opportunity to try for such a prize.

Origin:
from the practice of picking a ring from a box while riding a merry-go-round: whoever selected a brass ring received a free ride

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