One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Trimmed or banded with brass fittings.
- ‘Light a match and get the bottle of ink and the brass-bound book.’
- ‘Around the year 1350, a poor Parisian scrivener spent two florins on a strange but beautiful brass-bound book filled with curious diagrams.’
- ‘I hope they throw a big, heavy, brass-bound book of punishment at him.’
- ‘He owned a beautiful old brass-bound one which had belonged to his grandfather.’
- ‘Stardust will be coming out soon in a mass market paperback edition, with a cover that is meant to look like an old brass-bound diary.’
- 1.1 (of a person) adhering inflexibly to tradition or belief.
- 1.2 (of a person) brazen or impudent.
- ‘Nature also teaches us that Clark's brass-bound dream is starting to come true.’
- ‘What gets up our noses is the brass-bound arrogance and hubris of the pirates who now run your system.’
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