the brass ring

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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The overall winner will be announced at the Brass Ring Awards Ceremony during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida on November 17th, 2016.
I started writing the song from there and found I ended up writing about my own childhood, the things that inspired me, of wanting to be like my heroes but lacking the confidence to grab the brass ring.
Those who think hard work is unreasonable, choose not to work hard and leave the brass ring for you to grab.
A few highlights have included quintet concerts in Italy and at the Kennedy Center as a member of the Brass Ring, guest principal horn with the Bogota (Columbia) Philharmonic, teaching in Taiwan and in the American and British Virgin Islands, summer chamber music festivals, and opportunities to play with almost every applied faculty colleague at the University over the years.
Spielberg points out the seemingly inevitable conservatism of the movie industry in the face of expanding content choices: "You're at the point right now where a studio would rather invest $250 million in one film for a real shot at the brass ring than make a whole bunch of really interesting, deeply personal - and even maybe historical - projects that may get lost in the shuffle.
Clooney will be honoured with the Brass Ring for his "unprecedented humanitarian undertakings" at the glittering Carousel of Hope gala in Beverly Hills next month.
Graduation is the brass ring she hangs onto in order to get through each miserable day.
You simply have to know the rules if you want to reach the brass ring.
Others worked at it too, but O'Hara gets the brass ring.
All of us are looking for the brass ring, and we may wish to know many things to get the best out of our lives.
Who will grab the brass ring or rings this year, how do judges decide, what are the deadlines or new rules - and does it really matter?
A surgical psychothriller that successfully leads the audience up the garden path, "Wide Awake" just misses the brass ring by not making its creepy premise as scary as it should be.
Now, if something looks too good to be true, Wall Street manufactures a product that will allow people to fantasize that this time they have actually been able to grab the brass ring without any danger of falling off the merry-go-round horse.
David Blum, who failed to catch the brass ring during six months in the rapidly revolving editor's chair at the Village Voice, has resurfaced in the fun house that is today's media world.