brass-tacks


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brass-tacks

adjective
Informal. Precisely meaningful and tersely cogent:
Idioms: down to brass tacks, to the point.
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It may be advisable to put an end to the inane charade of mere hankering after peace and to get down to brass-tacks.
It would be advisable to put an end to the inane charade of mere hankering after peace and to get down to brass-tacks. Or is one talking out of turn?
The convincing part did not appear difficult but all five could not be persuaded to actually unsheath their pens and gent down to the brass-tacks of writing such a book.
His girlfriend (Jennifer Garner), who also happens to be the team's salary-cap manager, has just announced she's pregnant; his high-strung mother (Ellen Burstyn) can't help making him feel inferior to his late father, a legendary Browns head coach; and, after a 6-10 season, the team's brass-tacks owner (a deliciously oily Frank Langella) seems eager for any reason to lire him.
A song such as "Silver" bounces maniacally, a little sugar-high manic, but buoyed by a brass-tacks rock sensibility.
The idea is to get right down to the brass-tacks, without wasting the visitor's time.
The primary focus of the programme is to talk about the program brass-tacks and highlight the values such as discipline, creativity, humility, hard work and integrity that management students should inculcate in order to be successful in both professional as well as personal lives.
But there are some much more brass-tacks security products on the Macworld Expo show-floor that have nothing to do with hackers or malware.