brass monkeys
• cold weather, as in "it's brass monkeys out there". Comes from the saying 'cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey'. As far as I can see the debate on the origins of this one are still ongoing. Many sources say it comes from a old naval device for holding cannon balls (called a 'brass monkey'), others discount this.

Londonisms dictionary. 2014.

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  • brass monkeys — adjective very cold Blimey, its brass monkeys out there today …   Wiktionary

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  • Brass monkey — is the name of various people and things. In several cases, the people and things were named after, or as an allusion to, the colloquial expression.*Brass monkey (colloquial expression), meaning something solid and inert that can only be affected …   Wikipedia

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