brass tacks

plural noun

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

Examples of brass tacks in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of brass tacks was in 1863

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“Brass tacks.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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