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 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 As these groups grapple with existential questions, others are focused on brass tacks. Lee Seymour, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 After a quick discussion about why grown men continue to insist on wearing baseball caps and jerseys, the trio gets down to brass tacks solving listener problems. Leigh Cesiro, Vulture, 14 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Dec. 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 4 Aug. 2021.

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