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Where there's muck there's brass

Meaning: There is money to be made in dirt and dirty jobs. For example, many people have made fortunes by processing rubbish or waste materials.

Note: muck (noun) = dirt; rubbish | brass (noun) = a metal made from copper and zinc; (British slang) money

Origin: This specific saying originated in Yorkshire, England in the 20th century. The slang term "brass" (for "money") was and is typically used in Yorkshire. In the 19th-century, people said: "Where there's muck there's money." And the 17th-century book "A collection of English proverbs" (Rev. John Ray) includes a similar idea: "Muck and money go together."

Quick Quiz:

"Where there's muck there's brass" suggests that rubbish can be used to create
  1. metal
  2. money
  3. methane gas

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