brass monkeys

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the phrase cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey - supposedly a reference to the brass container for cannon balls on a British man-of-war (but this seems to have been discredited)

Adjective[edit]

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  1. (UK, idiomatic, informal) very cold
    Blimey, it's brass monkeys out there today.