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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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What better news to get when I'm half way around the world on tour in Australia than to find out that Dollywood's live entertainment won two more Brass Ring Awards from the fine folks at IAAPA," Parton said.
Mike Everett, General Manager of Holy Land Experience, announced that two of the park's most popular dramatic productions, The Four Women Who Loved Jesus and The Fullness of Time Has Come, have been selected as Brass Ring finalists in distinct categories for Best Overall Production.
2--Color) Schmoozing at the Brass Ring Awards gala are Maria Shriver, left, with United Friends of the Children founder Nancy Daly Riordan and event chairwoman Erin Stein.
Although he just missed the brass ring, Troy McClain emerged as one of the best-liked "apprentices" of all.
The partial list of Q'4 wins includes: Brass Ring, BrightPoint, Central Florida Educators' Federal Credit Union, Commonwealth of Massachussets, Dow Jones, First Niagara Financial Group, Inc.
Just two years ago, the TPC-C brass ring for us was half the throughput Unisys is announcing today -- and since then, SQL Server and Windows Server software have consistently contributed to the top price/performance results.
On the slot machine, betting 3 coins rather than 1 or 2 will qualify you for a chance at the big money; while at the poker table, you'll stake an extra $1 on top of your original ante for a shot at that brass ring.
Xevo and Compaq have been able to win over major international carriers based on our mutual belief that the brass ring for service providers is reduced cost and greater productivity in the data center," said Michael Dering, president and CEO, Xevo Corporation.
But yesterday Frankk grabbed the brass ring, a Royal Flush with his progressive bet in play.
I'm out there to grab the brass ring,'' Blaustein said.
While tackling many of today's social issues, "Congress Avenue" deftly takes the reader into the heart of a man fighting to keep his standards in place while reaching for the political brass ring -- all while continuously working to make peace with his past.
MEGA MILLIONS -- Millions of Mega Millions players had their eyes on the prize Friday night, and while 13 tickets came extremely close to the grand prize, no one grabbed the brass ring to take home the nation's largest jackpot.
We appreciate the Congressional resolutions seeking sanctions against Norway and Japan for continuing to hunt whales in defiance of the ban," said Watson, "but at this moment, that's a distraction from the bigger issue: Those countries know the RMS is the brass ring.
He is an affable man for all times and kinds, unaffected by the brass ring that has fallen into his hand.
The brass ring for all industry participants is to understand consumer purchase patterns," said Alan Stewart, CEO of C-StoreMatrix.