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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

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.
See also: brass, down, get, tack

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.
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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where you have bedrock exposed at the surface where there isn't also water that is carving valleys, that's shaping the topography," he said.
Bedrock units mapped in Mackinac County are represented by rocks from the Ordovician to the Devonian System.
A study by Slayton examined three aquifers in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties: a glacial-drift aquifer, a sandstone bedrock aquifer, and a shale bedrock aquifer [6].
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Greenland GPS Network (GNET) measurements indicate that as that ice melted away, the bedrock beneath it rose.
There, on the wall, are Bedrock's fairways, greens, trees and bunkers featured in two eye-catching murals painted by Bedrock golfer and artist Jack Kennedy.
The fact that we recovered a quarter-carat diamond is a very positive sign because it's the first time a commercial-sized diamond has been found in bedrock area," O'Connor says.
Their study site in northeast England, however, has little exposed bedrock.
Drill targets have been generated through geological mapping and generally consist of areas where artisanal workings have exposed bedrock gold mineralization in sheared, shallow-dipping sections of garnetiferrous, quartzo-feldspathic and biotitic gneisses.
DETROIT, July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Building Owners and Managers Association(BOMA) International has selected the Madison Building, owned and managed by Bedrock Real Estate Services, as a winner of 'The Outstanding Building of the Year' (TOBY) Award, the most prestigious and comprehensive award of its kind in the commercial real estate industry.
In 2011 a water tunnel was discovered just north of these standing stones and cuts in bedrock indicating a connection with ritual activities.
RUTLAND - A sure sign of spring emerged in Rutland recently with the annual opening of Bedrock the Golf Course at 87 Barre-Paxton Road.
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FedNor has announced it will contribute nearly $400,000 to the Lake Nipigon Heritage Authority for its work on the Phoenix Bedrock Mapping Project.