brass tacks


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brass tacks

The most important, fundamental, basic, or immediate facts, priorities, or realities of a situation. Used primarily in the phrase, "come/get down to brass tacks." We eventually got down to brass tacks and came up with a solution. Look, let's come down to brass tacks and decide how to handle the situation. The brass tacks are these: if you don't win this district, you won't win the election.
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brass tacks

n. essential business. (Usually in get down to brass tacks.) Now that we are talking brass tacks, how much do you really want for this watch?
See also: brass, tack
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