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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Examples of brass tacks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Teachers and administrators, particularly those who work with at-risk student groups like English learners and those experiencing poverty, can more easily talk brass tacks with kids. oregonlive, "Without face-to-face contact, Oregon schools struggle to keep disengaged students on track," 10 May 2020 In response, Fuentes’s followers have been showing up at the events Kirk always seems to be having, asking questions about demographic change, homosexuality, the USS Liberty, and other brass tacks. Theodore Kupfer, National Review, "Why Donald Trump Jr. Was Heckled by ‘America First Nationalists’," 14 Nov. 2019 And with the final month of college football’s regular season comes the brass tacks: November is when the best of the best of the Bowl Subdivision separate themselves from the pack. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The biggest games in the month of November that will decide the College Football Playoff," 1 Nov. 2019 First, the brass tacks: A cheeseburger at American Grind will set you back $3.81 more than a similar style at Shake Shack, $5.25 more than the same offering at Snarfburger and $7.10 more than a single patty (1×1) at In-N-Out. Josie Sexton, The Know, "A Denver burger spot wants to take on Shake Shack, In-N-Out with local, responsibly sourced beef," 29 Aug. 2019 The Weekly Standard’s version of conservatism was one that was supposed to be untethered — to candidates or specific matters of policy or even to the brass tacks of politics itself. Jane Coaston, Vox, "What the Weekly Standard meant to conservatism," 14 Dec. 2018 The conversations can be searching, get philosophical, then quickly veer back to brass tacks. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "Barack Obama Is Quietly Getting into the 2020 Race," 11 June 2018 The Center and the Square have dozens of shops selling a variety of wares from books and brass tacks to boots and bangles. Joan Walden,, "63 Westland Avenue, West Hartford," 19 Jan. 2018 Getting down to brass tacks: These kids need to be singing like their livelihood depends on it. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'American Idol' Top 14 Give Lackluster Performances: Critic's Take," 23 Apr. 2018

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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 15 Aug. 2020.

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