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    Smile like a polish

    Hello. I don't quite understand what "like the polish" means in this context below.
    Please help. Thank you.

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    "You're in a band?" I am surprised, she doesn't look the type. "What do you play?"
    "Trumpet... it's a brass band. Brass-O! Did you get it? Like Hawaii Five-O, but with brass-like the polish.
    We play that, Hawaii Five-O."

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    "Trumpet... it's a brass band. Brass-O! Did you get it? Like Hawaii Five-O, but with brass-like the polish.
    We play that, Hawaii Five-O."


    I will try to unravel this for you, frindle.

    Firstly, Brasso is a famous old brand of polish used to clean brass objects.
    Hawaii Five-O refers to the theme tune to the TV program of the same name.
    She is saying that she plays the trumpet in a brass band called Brass-O! – the name of the band is a pun using both the title of the TV program and the name of the polish.
    "Brass-O! Like Hawaii Five-O, but with brass – like the polish".


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    Thank you. Your comment was a big help!!!

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    The final piece is that there is a character in Hawaii Five-O named Danny and the other main character, in the original series, had a frequentely uttered line "Book him, Dan-O." (Book = arrest.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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