get down to brass tacks

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of get down to brass tacks

informal
:to start to discuss or consider the most important details or facts about something
  • We finally got down to brass tacks and decided to work out a schedule for the project.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

brass play
  1. : an alloy consisting essentially of copper and zinc in variable proportions

  2. : the brass instruments of an orchestra or band

  3. : a usually brass memorial tablet

  1. : made of brass — see also brass ring, brass tacks

  2. : made up of or composed for brass musical instruments — see also brass band

tack play tacks
  1. : attach

  2. : to join or add in a slight or hasty manner

  3. : to add as a supplement or something extra

  1. : a small short sharp-pointed nail usually having a broad flat head

  2. : the direction of a ship with respect to the trim of her sails

  3. : the run of a sailing ship on one tack

  1. : stable gear

  1. : hardtack


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