Definition of brass monkey in English:
- Similarly, pack your thermals, because it's colder than a brass monkey's ice lolly.
- Actually the weather today is much milder than yesterday when it was cold enough to freeze the spheres off a brass monkey (an old sea-faring expression).
- It got cold on the gun decks and the indentations in the brass monkey would get smaller than the iron cannonballs they were holding.
Mid 19th century: often said to be from a type of brass rack or 'monkey' in which cannonballs were stored and which contracted in very cold weather, ejecting the balls, but this explanation has not been proved.
- British & World English dictionary
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