They finally got down to brass tacks and discussed the issue that was really bothering them. After exchanging pleasantries with each other, the heads of the two companies got down to brass tacks and discussed the terms for the proposed merger. It is time to stop beating about the bush and get down to brass tacks. Let's get down to brass tacks right away and wrap up this discussion quickly. There's no use wasting time discussing other things. We should get down to brass tacks and discuss how we can finish this project on time. The family got down to brass tacks and discussed the issue of inheritance as he had left no will. Origin The phrase originated in USA in about the 1860s and the first printed record is from the Texas newspaper The Tri-Weekly Telegraph in January 1863.
The figurative expression 'getting down to brass tacks' isn't particularly old as phrases go. Its first appearance in print that I can find, from the USA in January 1863, was in the Texas newspaper The Tri-Weekly Telegraph: "When you come down to 'brass tacks' - if we may be allowed the expression - everybody is governed by selfishness. All of the other known early citations either originate in, or refer to, Texas. The second explanation that relies on actual tacks comes from the haberdashery trade. Such simple measuring devices were in use in the late 19th century, as is shown by this piece from Ernest Ingersoll's story The Metropolis of the Rocky Mountains, 1880
It’s time to get down to brass tacks. Is he a suspect or not? said the investigator. The origin of the expression getting down to brass tacks is thought to have originated in brass tacks that were placed at one-yard intervals along shop counters, in the days of dry goods stores where not only groceries were sold, but basic supplies including cloth. The tacks were there as a quick measuring system, so to ‘get down to brass tacks’ was to measure accurately and quickly. More Idioms Starting with G. Go Out On a Limb.
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