brass tacks

plural noun

Definition of brass tacks

: details of immediate practical importance usually used in the phrase get down to brass tacks

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Recent Examples on the Web Chapek, by contrast, has a reputation for transactional brass tacks and a bottom-line–first ethos. Nicole Gull Mcelroy, Fortune, 16 June 2022 The former first lady’s version was pink chiffon with porcelain beading, but Ford stripped the idea down to brass tacks outfitting Moore in white crème silk and ivory kid gloves. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 6 May 2022 Sometimes the most creative thing a person can do is strip things down to brass tacks. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2022 But the point of this article is to get down to brass tacks and simply show the relationship between housing costs and worker shortages. Atticus Leblanc, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Rae reveals that key elements of the finale were up in the air until very late in the game, from the final decision on the show’s enduring love triangle to the brass tacks of the script itself. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 26 Dec. 2021 The brass tacks of this proposal are to be unveiled Tuesday. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 25 Oct. 2021 The goal of the course was to infuse problem sets on policy dilemmas and philosophical debates with the brass tacks of coding. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 The sensitivity of Newkirk’s reporting and the gravity of his voice allow for a kind of grieving in addition to a revisiting of the brass tacks of what actually happened. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 7 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of brass tacks

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Brass tacks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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