brass-tacks

brass tacks

noun Informal.
the most fundamental considerations; essentials; realities (usually used in the phrase get down to brass tacks ).

Origin:
1895–1900

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brass tacks
 
pl n
informal basic realities; hard facts (esp in the phrase get down to brass tacks)

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  1. n.
    essential business. (Usually in get down to brass tacks.) : Now that we are talking brass tacks, how much do you really want for this watch?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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