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.
See also: brass, tack

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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In viewing the painted and carved design of the cradleboards shown in this article, it is obvious that though they have the pierced holes and brass tacks, the area is divided into three sections as shown in Figure 2 with triangular and hour-glass designs.
R ESERVE Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan got down to brass tacks on Friday saying that the country would have to drop the `` jugaad'' way of working if it wants its industry to produce quality products and ensure sustainable economic growth.
Those talks finally got down to brass tacks in January, and the EPA believes it's within a month of drawing up an administrative agreement allowing contamination sampling as soon as this summer.
Like everyone else on my campus, I plotted greedily and deviously to get three minutes alone with him, at least to chat grinningly and maybe even to miraculously get down to brass tacks about how in heaven's name he and his friend Nelson Mandela managed to contain a savage civil war in which a million people might have been so easily massacred by citizens suddenly freed from a peculiar form of civil slavery after many years of being herded and beaten and cheated and raped and murdered by the grim slave masters.
Don't bother with your Chinese when it gets down to the brass tacks of the deal.
The team aims to tackle the brass tacks and delve into particular issues of the hosting," said Marciano Paynor Jr.
Currency, savings and pensions are the brass tacks of the independence debate.
Getting down to brass tacks, here's the tip to avoid clutter and confusion when you wade through the drizzling alleys of dessert land.
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In 1973, Mr Stephinson moved to the BBC to work on the current affairs programme Nationwide as producer for all its northern stories before moving to Manchester as a senior producer in a new features department at its flagship current affairs series Brass Tacks.
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There'll be more brass tacks to worry about, given the recent Herculean task of opening ONLY's flagship store on the Lower East Side -- a daunting prospect for any brand.
I know time is running out and it is getting down to the wire, so now it is time for me to buckle down and get down to brass tacks.
My career as a paperboy reached its zenith with the arrival of the October 1951 issue of Brass Tacks, the carriers' monthly newsletter.