brass tacks

plural noun

Definition of brass tacks

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

Examples of brass tacks in a Sentence

  1. after the usual introductions and requisite pleasantries, we got down to the brass tacks of our business proposal

First Known Use of brass tacks

1863


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