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    #1

    more brass than brains

    Could you please explain the meaning of the idiom "more brass than brains"?
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    #2

    Re: more brass than brains

    It's not an idiom.

    What is the context? Is it talking about someone in the military? "Brass" can be used to refer to high ranking officers (due to the shiny brass medals on their uniforms).

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    #3

    Re: more brass than brains

    In BrE, we have "more brawn than brains" which means that someone has more physical strength (they might even be a bit violent) than intelligence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: more brass than brains

    "Brass" can be short for the somewhat vulgar "brass balls." When someone has brass balls, they have a lot of chutzpah.

    The person has confidence, but perhaps not the intellectual backing to justify it.
    You might also hear "all hat, no cattle."
    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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    #5

    Re: more brass than brains

    I haven't heard "more brass than brains" before, but, "brass" is slang for "money" in the Yorkshire dialect. I would venture to suggest that it might mean the same as "more money than sense", which is a common expression in BrE.

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    Re: more brass than brains

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "more money than sense", which is a common expression in BrE.
    And in the US.
    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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