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Get Down to Brass Tacks

When you use the expression ‘Get Down to Brass Tacks’ you mean you are clearing away
excess and getting to basic realities or facts.

Example of use: “Let’s get down to brass tacks. I’m sick of you taking advantage of me!”


Interesting fact about Get Down to Brass Tacks

The origin of the expression ‘get down to brass tacks’ can be found in mid-1800s America. One of the earliest uses of the phrase in print comes from a January 1863 edition of 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.”