brass-monkeys

Definition

Slang

  • adjective extremely cold. A shortening of ‘brass-monkey time’ or ‘brass-monkey weather’, this phrase refers to the widely known vulgar saying ‘cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!’. A rather far-fetched explanation of the catchphrase is that a ‘brass monkey’ was a rack of cannonballs on board a warship.

Idiom of “brass-monkeys”

very cold
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