Get-down-to-brass-tacks Definition


(idiomatic) Deal with the important details.


Origin of Get-down-to-brass-tacks

  • Unknown. Earliest attestation in 1863 US, specifically Texas. A theory is that it comes from the brass tacks in the counter of a hardware store or draper’s shop used to measure cloth in precise units (rather than holding one end to the nose and stretching out the arm to approximately one yard).

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