get down to brass tacks

Definition of get down to brass tacks

informal

  1. :  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

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

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

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  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

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

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

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

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

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

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down

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

    :  a usually brass memorial tablet

    :  bright metal fittings, utensils, or ornaments

tackplay tacks
  1. :  attach

    :  to fasten or affix with tacks

    :  to join in a slight or hasty manner

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

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

    :  the run of a sailing ship on one tack

  1. :  stable gear

    :  articles of harness (such as saddle and bridle) for use on a saddle horse

  1. :  hardtack


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