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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