brass ring


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the brass ring

An achievement or reward, or the opportunity to earn it. All these up-and-comers have their eyes on the brass ring, and that's what makes the company competitive.
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brass ring

A chance to achieve wealth or success; a prize or reward. For example, "As a businessman he let the brass ring go by too many times. And it got him." This quotation from the Boston Globe (July 31, 1995) refers to an executive who was forced to resign. The term comes from the practice of giving a free ride to the person who succeeded in picking a ring out of a box while riding a merry-go-round. [Slang; late 1800s]
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the brass ring

AMERICAN
The brass ring is great success or profit. Women who grab the brass ring and get the top jobs are still few and far between. We didn't want to be on a team that went for the brass ring by spending three times as much as everyone else. Note: On some fairground rides, a brass ring was placed just out of the reach of the riders. If a rider managed to grab it, they won a free ride.
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the brass ring

success, especially as a reward for ambition or hard work. North American informal
This phrase refers to the reward of a free ride on a merry-go-round given to the person who succeeds in hooking a brass ring suspended over the horses.
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the brass ˈring

(American English, informal) the opportunity to be successful; success that you have worked hard to get: The girls’ outdoor track team has grabbed the brass ring seven times.This comes from the custom of giving a free ride to anyone who managed to grab a large ring that was hung above the people riding on a merry-go-round at a fairground.
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While doing his final inspection of our turn-in engine, which was slated to go to the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Depot later that day, he found the propeller-shaft brass ring still was installed.
You've grabbed the brass ring and identified a problem that needs to be solved.
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