brass tacks


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brass tacks

pl.n. Informal
Essential facts; basics: getting down to brass tacks.

brass tacks

pl n
informal basic realities; hard facts (esp in the phrase get down to brass tacks)

brass′ tacks′


n.pl.
the most fundamental considerations; essentials; realities.
[1895–1900]
Translations

brass tacks

npl to get down to brass tacks (fam) → venire al sodo
References in classic literature ?
will you get down to brass tacks and strike a trial balance?
"Get down to brass tacks. I'm willing to take your word for it that there's a Copan valley in Honduras.
Those who knew him or trafficked with him said that when it came to brass tacks he was Danny-on-the-Spot.
His gun is lavishly decorated with brass tacks and vermilion, and provided with a fringed cover, occasionally of buckskin, ornamented here and there with a feather.
"That's the proposition," he repeated to himself; "what will they-all do when the play is close and down to brass tacks?" He felt unwarrantably suspicious of them.
Who can forget the real Wonder of Woolies: the sights, sounds and smells of a cornucopia of everything from brass tacks to brassieres gracing every high street up and down the land?
Brass Tacks Tip: A business owner must, early on, organize his attorney, accountant, insurance provider and financial planner into a proactive team with definite marching orders.
It's an eclectic gathering that sees local talent stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the greats in traditional and contemporary folk music like Bob Fox, Garva, Brass Tacks and the fabulous Eric Bogle whose evocative reworking of the old Australian bushman's song Waltzing Matilda has been an anthem for folkies for decades.
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Almost inevitably,however, some of the farmer questions got down to brass tacks. Never mind rural development, what about SFP and cross-compliance, they wondered?What would be the compliance criteria and would farms be swamped by ``armies of inspectors?''
DERRY were back down to brass tacks 48 hours after their stunning Allianz National League final win over Kerry, star midfielder Fergal Doherty said yesterday.
The Billion Dollar Brass Tacks Questions: Do I sincerely want to do this more than anything else I can think of?