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down to brass tacks

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down to brass tacks

adverb phrase

Dealing with the essentials; concerned with the practical realities: highbrow sermons that don't come down to brass tacks

[1897+; apparently fr the brass tacks that were used to measure cloth on the counter of a dry-goods store, hence represented precision]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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