where there's muck, there's brass

where there's muck, there's brass

proverb There is profit to be made from the jobs that other people think are unpleasant and do not want to do. I started a portable toilet business because I knew that where there's muck, there's brass.
See also: brass
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where there's muck there's brass

dirty or unpleasant activities are also lucrative. proverb
See also: brass, muck
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

where there’s ˌmuck there’s ˈbrass

(British English, saying) used to say that somebody has made a lot of money from an unpleasant or a dirty business activity: When they saw his enormous house and flash car they looked at each other, both thinking ‘Where there’s muck there’s brass.’
Muck is dirt or mud. Brass is an old-fashioned word for ‘money’.
See also: brass, muck
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It's the Dutch equivalent of the pithy Yorkshire saying "where there's muck, there's brass".
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On the one hand, Manchester's manufacturers, utilizing values and beliefs that reflected its citizens' definition of themselves as an urban-industrial workforce, correlated smoking factory and domestic chimneys with wealth creation and personal well-being; a narrative neatly encapsulated in a northern English expression that has survived to this day: "Where there's muck, there's brass [money]." On the other hand, anti-pollution activists (including working-class socialists such as Allen Clarke) represented the columns of black smoke as "barbarous" signs of waste and inefficiency, stressing the unnecessary loss of life and health, the extra costs in washing and cleaning, and the reckless misuse of finite natural resources.
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