"Colder than a fiddler's bitch"

Where the hell does this phrase come from? What does it mean (besides being very cold)?

Never heard that one. For cold I have always heard Colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra or cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey

I have always wondered about why brass is always used in these examples, why not say cast iron?

OFF not of. off Sheese what a maroon. :smack:

I always liked “colder than a well-digger’s ass”.

I’m going to take a wild-ass guess and say that it may refer to street musicians who stood outside in the cold and fiddled for spare change while their loyal dogs huddled shivering at their feet.

I’ve never seen a C.I. monkey but lots of brass ones. They are made in India where they are quite common. Both real live ones and brass ones. They were imported to US in quantity seated as a group of three. Hear, See, & Speak No Evil

I know they use brass fittings around anything to do with fuel because brass on brass won’t spark. I’m sure brass has different heat conducting characteristics than iron too.