Brass Lack of money.
Short form of 'boracic
', which is itself short for 'boracic lint
' which in Rhyming Slang
means 'a lack of money' (skint
"Can't make it tonight man, I'm brass."
Also used in some cases as a more general purpose negative
exclamation, nearly always referring to a lack of something. For example, if something particularly unlucky
happened to someone, a friend might be heard to exclaim "brass!"
It is always
pronounced 'brass' like 'ass
', not 'brass' like 'arse
Correction (19th Sept 2001): As Gritchka pointed out to me, the correct spelling is 'boracic', not 'brassic', as I was previously suggesting. Well they sound the same ..
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