I am dealing with the subtitles of a Brithish movie,
and I am having difficulty understanding some slang
expressions.At one point the character says'this is
the local brasshouse'.The other guy says'I never had
a brass',to which the first guy's answer is'Never had
a brass?You leave it to me,I'll alocate you a plate later.'
What does brasshouse and brass refer to here?
Does brass mean prostitute?
Many,many thanks in advance for your answer.
AYDA (from Turkey)
Sorry, it may be that the person who wrote the subtitles isn't of English origin and mis-translated the phrases - the don't have any meaning to a normal native of England
They may be slang for something, but I've never heard of any of them, except that 'The Brasshouse' can be a name of a public house in a few limited areas (particularly local to the Birmingham area in the Middle of England) - this could be named after a local factory which made products out of brass (the metal alloy), or may be named because it was decorated with a lot of brass products (quite common in Central England).
Another possible interpretation of 'brasshouse' woud be 'office where high-ranking people work' [the 'top brass' was originally army slang for officers - because of the glittery stuff on their uniforms]. But this isn't a meaning I've met - it's just an example of the sort of supposition a native speaker might make.
Or it could be any place you go when you're 'brassed off' (fed up). [I suppose, for people of a certain inclination, that might include a brothel.]