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Re: Meaning of expression "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey

Posted by James Briggs on March 15, 2003

In Reply to: Meaning of expression "cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey posted by Chris Roberts on March 15, 2003

: Dear Sir/Madam, A brass monkey is a triangle on a ships
: deck that holds cannon balls.Why is it
: called a monkey.

Type 'Monkey' into the search box at the top to see our past several lengthy posts on this subject! BTW, there now seems to be no evidence that brass triangles were ever used on ships; thus the question is probably invalid!!