Definition of get down to brass tacks in English:

get down to brass tacks

phrase

informal
  • Start to consider the basic facts or practical details.

    ‘we've had a meeting as to the general terms, and now we're going to get down to brass tacks’
    • ‘Let's get down to brass tacks - or coffin nails, if you prefer.’
    • ‘So to get down to brass tacks, here are the big questions.’
    • ‘We got off to a brilliant start but then the honeymoon period was over and we got down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘So, let's get down to brass tacks - what colour romper suits do we need to be looking at?’
    • ‘But we finally got there, and got down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘We got down to brass tacks in our labs with four completely different representatives of playback devices.’
    • ‘To get down to brass tacks: Red Stripe or Newcastle Brown?’
    • ‘Racing to meet the April Fool's Day production deadline, the ladies got down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘When we got down to brass tacks, only one, fairly unremarkable thing had happened - an old man died - which made filling those endless hours of airtime a challenge beyond the talents of the most creative, desperate producer.’
    • ‘While most of the other panelists attitudinized, he got down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘Now I've got that little rant out of my system, we can get down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘Once it was clear that Martha was going to be OK, Jim got down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘You're better off when you're away from town, and you've got no choice but to get down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘Think I'll take a few more days before I get down to brass tacks and plot structure.’
    • ‘This isn't about getting down to brass tacks and working through the kinks of developing music.’
    • ‘The prospect is tantalising, but first it's time to get down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘Once it was resolved, everyone just got down to brass tacks.’
    • ‘Another team would fret, feeling the need to get down to brass tacks soon.’