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Re: Brass Ring

Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 24, 2002

In Reply to: Brass Ring posted by TheFallen on November 24, 2002

: I've heard this term more than once now, and understand it to be US-based, meaning a goal or an incentive. Am I right, how is it used, and how did it originate?

It is what children obtained by reaching out from a merry-go-round (round about?)to snatch a ring from a device that was next to the merry-go-round. You had to hold on with one hand, reach out and grab the ring with perfect timing to get your prize.