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Answer for the clue "Button material", 5 letters:
brass

Alternative clues for the word brass

Military bigwigs

Joint Chiefs, e.g.

Copper-zinc alloy

Chutzpah

Military muckamucks

Audacity

Top dogs at 16-Across

Pentagon bigwigs

Word with tacks or knuckles

Military pooh-bahs

Copper/zinc alloy

Officers

*Nitty-gritty, as of negotiations

Military leaders

Majors, e.g.

Authority figures

Military muckety-mucks

Pentagon V.I.P.s

Much of a marching band

Copper + zinc

An alloy of copper and zinc

The persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a governing body and who administer something

Impudent aggressiveness

Army biggies

Bigwigs

Effrontery

Pentagon material?

Top officers

Frank Norris book: 1921

Cheekiness

Overbearing quality

Word with knuckles or tacks

Military V.I.P.'s

Gall

Nerve

Impudence of a Br. fool

Alloy of copper and zinc

" . . . putty, ___, an' PAint": Kipling

Kind of ring or band

V.I.P.'s

Word with hat or band

Yellowish alloy

Army honchos

Bigwigs in uniforms

Gold-braided ones

High-ranking officers

Word definitions for brass in dictionaries

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Word definitions in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noun COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES a brass band (= a band of brass instruments such as trumpets and trombones ) ▪ A brass band was playing in the park. a brass instrument ▪ The tuba is the deepest of the brass instruments. brass band brass knuckles brass...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Brass \Brass\, n.; pl. Brasses . [OE. bras, bres, AS. br[ae]s; akin to Icel. bras cement, solder, brasa to harden by fire, and to E. braze, brazen. Cf. 1st & 2d Braze .] An alloy (usually yellow) of copper and zinc, in variable proportion, but often containing...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
Etymology 1 1 Of the colour of brass. 2 (context informal English) impertinent, bold: brazen. 3 (context slang English) bad, annoying; ''as wordplay applied especially to brass instruments''. 4 Of inferior composition. n. 1 (context uncountable English)...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English bræs "brass, bronze," originally in reference to an alloy of copper and tin (now bronze ), later and in modern use an alloy of two parts copper, one part zinc. A mystery word, with no known cognates beyond English. Perhaps akin to French brasser...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. an alloy of copper and zinc a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of...

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Brass is a metal alloy made of copper and zinc ; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties. It is a substitutional alloy : atoms of the two constituents may replace each other within the same crystal...

Usage examples of brass.

Standing directly beneath the brass globe, he jumped up and accurately hooked the brass ring with the key.

At this major crossroads was a gallows tree, a huge oak held together by brass hoops bolted around the pitted and barkless trunk it had been dead for the last ten years.

It was a defective barometer, and had no hand but the stationary brass pointer, but I did not know that until afterward.

I examined these instruments and discovered that they possessed radical blemishes: the barometer had no hand but the brass pointer and the ball of the thermometer was stuffed with tin-foil.

March, and though the sun was shining brightly outside, and the old porter wore his linen jacket, as if it were already spring, there was a cold draught down the staircase, and the Baroness instinctively made haste up the steps, and was glad when she reached the big swinging door covered with red baize and studded with smart brass nails, which gave access to the grand apartment.

The Baroness showed no surprise, but wondered whether the Princess might not have to lunch, and dine too, on some nauseous little mess brought to her on a battered brass tray.

Everett Everett Barr got down to brass tacks and began explaining that the great scientist, Meander Surett, had made an invention before his death, and that Doc Savage had declared the discovery to be worthless.

It was a pretty place, furnished with an assortment of furniture she had chosen for herself years ago--a small brass bedstead, a dressing table of yew and a triple mirror she had discovered in the attics.

His eyes, sapphire blue beneath a square-cut black mane, were on the olive-skinned woman across the small room, who was adjusting the gilded brass breastplates that displayed rather than concealed her swelling bilobate chest.

Paris, from throats of iron, silver, brass, Joy-thundering cannon, blent with chiming bells, And martial strains, the full-voiced paean swells.

Gerard reading invoices with concentration and went through into the next room which was furnished with an expensive leather-topped desk, green leather armchairs, carpet, brass pot with six foot high evergreen, cocktail cabinet, framed drawings of Bernard Naylor and his bottling plant fifty years earlier and a door into a luxurious washroom.

The brasses had disgusted him because the musicians were, he thought, always shaking spit out of them.

The two brasses came together, one with the pitcher and one with a water pistol that needed filling.

When dealing with Martians-Martians like Brassen, particularly-one had to back up words with an implicit threat of violence.

His heart leaped in his chest and he spun around to see Brassen, frowning in the twilight.