brass monkeys

brass monkeys

Extremely cold, usually regarding the weather. Taken from the semi-vulgar phrase, "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey," or its derivative, "brass monkey weather." Primarily heard in UK. Cor, it's brass monkeys out there tonight!
See also: brass, monkey
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THE weather has been cold enough for brass monkeys to be fearful.
They're excited, but a bit nervous' Brass Monkeys Pole Dancing Studio Six performers from the Speke studio donned burlesque themed outfits and brought along chairs for their routine.
BRASS MONKEYS Resident at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary
A great AFTER a nightmare eight hour drive through blizzards, multiple accidents and diversions, the sun shone on the Cotswolds yesterday, but with it, a wind that would have brass monkeys chattering in falsetto voices.
Farewell to brass monkeys It is as welcome to take out the winter coat in October as it is to put it away in March.
71 Degrees North (ITV1 Wales, Tuesday, 9pm) * OKAY, so I admit that watching Gavin Henson nearly turn into fake-tanned popsicle in the middle of the frozen Arctic tundra provided a rather large amount of watchability for the last series of this brass monkeys reality show.
IT'S usually brass monkeys at this time of year so the chimps at Twycross Zoo had plenty of reasons to smile in the unseasonable heat.
Kate's home is in the middle of nowhere - and it does get very brass monkeys when you are out guarding the front gate," the Sun quoted a Thames Valley Police source as saying.
Belief Number One: put a hat on when it's brass monkeys outside because you lose most body heat through your head.
Ten degrees of frost just coming out of the ground, brass monkeys gave in it was that cold and a slimy two inch covering of mud, making life and limb vulnerable to the long distance sliding tackle.
BRITAIN will shiver on the coldest day of the year today - as temperatures plunge to a brass monkeys MINUS 10C.
But it has also become a freewheeling conversation about the communication profession, where you can get the best BBQ, how to find the job you really want, brass monkeys, maritime piracy and more.
Brass monkeys would have blanked the game (for fear of ending up like a futuristic Justin Bieber tribute act), but I was glad to see the Aberdeen brass band out in force.
Holmfirth, Holmside Gardens: BRASS MONKEYS JAZZ BAND (2pm)?