brass (nail)

• Rhyming Slang for 'tail' meaning prostitute. Can be heard in 70's and 80's police drama's.

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  • brass — I. n British 1. money. Brass has been an obvious metaphor or euphemism as long as the metal has been used in coins. The word is currently more widespread in northern England. 2. a prostitute. Originally in the form brass nail , this working class …   Contemporary slang

  • brass — Noun. 1. Money. 2. Prostitute. Short for brass nail, rhyming slang for tail, which is itself slang for, amongst other things, a woman and prostitute …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • Nail (fastener) — A pile of nails. In woodworking and construction, a nail is a pin shaped, sharp object of hard metal or alloy used as a fastener. Formerly wrought iron, today s nails are typically made of steel, often dipped or coated to prevent corrosion in… …   Wikipedia

  • nail — noun 1 on the fingers/toes ⇨ See also ↑fingernail, ↑toenail ADJECTIVE ▪ long, short ▪ sharp ▪ healthy, strong ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • Nail violin — The nail violin is a musical instrument which was invented by German violinist Johann Wilde in 1740. Wilde was inspired to create the instrument when he accidentally drew his bow across a metal peg, which produced a musical sound. The instrument… …   Wikipedia

  • Brass fastener — A brass fastener, brad , or split pin is a stationery item used for securing multiple sheets of paper together. The fastener is inserted into punched holes in the stack of paper and the leaves, or tines, of the legs are separated and bent over to …   Wikipedia

  • Crescent Brass and Pin Company Building — U.S. National Register of Historic Places …   Wikipedia

  • Braznell — This very interesting English surname is recorded in a wide range of spellings. These include Braznell, Brasnell, Brucenall, and Brassnells. There appear to be at least two possible origins. The first is locational and from a village such as… …   Surnames reference

  • brasser —    a prostitute    From the obsolete brass (nail), rhyming slang for tail1, which lives on in the cliché as bold as brass:     [Sex] was in the air... brassers and sailors holding up every corner. (R. Doyle, 1999) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • escutcheon pin — noun : a small round headed ornamental usually brass nail for attaching escutcheon plates …   Useful english dictionary

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