brass monkey Brit.


brass monkey Brit.
brass monkey Brit.
informal
used to indicate extremely cold weather: cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. [from a type of brass rack or ‘monkey’ in which cannonballs were stored and which contracted in very cold weather, ejecting the balls.]
brass

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