Freeze the balls off a brass monkey

What does "Freeze the balls off a brass monkey" mean?

Today it means: Today it means really, really cold but read on. Theres more.

On sailing ships of old, the cannon balls could be piled up in a pyrimid shape using a brass square called a monkey. Brass expanded and contracted with the weather and temperature. If it got very cold, the brass would contract by more than the cannon balls sitting on it and so would fall off. Hence, freezing the balls off a brass monkey.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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