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down to bedrock

Focused on the most important aspects of a particular situation. Often used in the phrase "get down to bedrock." Let's get down to bedrock so that everyone has a good grasp on the project overall before we split up to do our separate parts.
See also: bedrock, down

get down to brass tacks

To focus on the most important aspects of a particular situation. Let's get down to brass tacks so that everyone has a good grasp on the project overall before we split up to do our separate parts. Don't get overwhelmed with this case, just get down to brass tacks.
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get down to brass tacks

Fig. to begin to talk about important things; to get down to business. Let's get down to brass tacks. We've wasted too much time chatting. Don't you think that it's about time to get down to brass tacks?
See also: brass, down, get, tack

get down to brass tacks

Also, get down to bedrock or the nitty gritty or cases . Deal with the essentials; come to the point. For example, Stop delaying and get down to brass tacks, or We really need to get down to bedrock, or He has a way of getting down to the nitty gritty, or Let's get down to cases. The origin of the first phrase, dating from the late 1800s, is disputed. Some believe it alludes to the brass tacks used under fine upholstery, others that it is Cockney rhyming slang for "hard facts," and still others that it alludes to tacks hammered into a sales counter to indicate precise measuring points. The noun bedrock has signified the hard rock underlying alluvial mineral deposits since about 1850 and has been used figuratively to denote "bottom" since the 1860s. The noun nitty-gritty dates from the mid-1900s and alludes to the detailed ("nitty") and possibly unpleasant ("gritty") issue in question. The noun cases apparently alludes to the game of faro, in which the "case card" is the last of a rank of cards remaining in play; this usage dates from about 1900. Also see to the point.
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get down to brass tacks

If people get down to brass tacks, they begin to discuss the basic, most important aspects of a situation. To get down to brass tacks, what I want to know is, do you know anything at all about her mother's side of the family? Note: The usual explanation for this expression is that in Cockney rhyming slang `brass tacks' are facts.
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get (or come) down to brass tacks

start to consider the essential facts or practical details; reach the real matter in hand. informal
1932 T. S. Eliot Sweeney Agonistes That's all the facts when you come to brass tacks: Birth, and copulation, and death.
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get down to brass ˈtacks

(informal) begin to discuss and deal with the really important practical details: Let’s get down to brass tacks — how much will it all cost?
See also: brass, down, get, tack

bedrock

1. n. fundamentals; solid facts. Let’s get down to bedrock and quit wasting time.
2. mod. fundamental. You’ve been avoiding the bedrock issues all your life.
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This dependence can also be used for calculating gassing from destroyed (fractured) bedrock, but in this case filtration area is the total surface area of all cracks, which grows exponentially with increasing of fragmentation rate (decreasing average size of a characteristic piece).
There could be landforms on Earth that are somewhat similar to periodic bedrock ridges, Montgomery said, but to date there's nothing exactly like it, largely because there are not many bedrock landscapes on Earth in which wind is the main erosion agent.
The Meat Katie album, which blurs the lines between house and breaks, impressed Digweed so much that, when Mark played at the Brighton-based spinners residency, also called Bedrock, he was given the honour of closing the night and going on after Digweed.
Because the bedrock under the Pipe Island Glacier slopes inward toward the center of the continent, the ice stream has to march uphill quite a distance before it again flow downhill at the coast.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has typically required that all sand and gravel well sites be explored before the investigation of a bedrock water supply well.
Of these wells, 1,470 intersect bedrock at an average depth of 44 feet.
A review of well construction records indicated that wells in the soft-water area had more shale bedrock than hard-water wells.
In particular, the isotope CI occurs in very small amounts in most rocks, but is found in high numbers in seismically altered bedrock.
Here it is rooted in the antithesis of a podium: a 35m high open parkscape, where ordered ranks of trees, as with Melbourne's renowned boulevards, emphasise the simple grandeur of the eight massive columns (four pairs) which thrust down through an eight-level cylindrical car park to the bedrock below.
AdvisorOne recently recognized Bedrock Capital Management as one of the Top Wealth Managers in the country.
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, issued the following statement on the court's approval of the plan for Bedrock Industries Group LLC (Bedrock) to purchase and restructure Stelco (the operating name of U.
9 June 2014 - New York-based alternative asset manager One William Street Capital Management LP said that it has completed the acquisition of specialty finance firm Bedrock Capital Associates.
5 June 2015 - US alternative asset management firm One William Street Capital Management LP said it is buying local real estate-focused speciality finance firm Bedrock Capital Associates LLC for an undisclosed amount.
Researchers using GPS to measure fluctuations in ice loss in Greenland have provided the first evidence that seasonal changes in air pressure can compress bedrock.