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brass monkey

An indicator of extreme weather or temperature, typically the cold. It is usually used with the qualifier "enough," a verb, and some physical appendage of the monkey, most commonly in the semi-vulgar phrase, "cold enough to freeze the balls (testes) off a brass monkey." After that blizzard set in, it became cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. Gosh, it's hot enough out here to melt the ears off a brass monkey.
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brass monkey

used in various phrases to refer to extremely cold weather.
Brass monkey comes from the mid 20th-century vulgar slang expression ‘cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey’, the origin of which has been debated. One suggestion relates it to brass trays known as monkeys on which cannon balls were once stowed aboard warships.
1994 Camping Magazine David will be doing his best to show you how to keep warm under canvas even if the temperature outside has dipped to brass monkey level.
See also: brass, monkey
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