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Grab the brass ring

Posted by Deepak Patney on June 16, 2000

I am writing an article for, a technical career site,
about how the phrase "Grab the brass ring" came to mean going for career
success and shooting for the top of one's profession. I have enough
information about the origin of the phrase, which pertains to the brass
ring one could grab for a reward when riding a carousel earlier in the
20th century. However, I don't know how the connection was made from
carousels to careers. Would anyone have any information on this matter?
Thank you.

Deepak Patney
Marketing Content Manager
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