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What does the phrase down to brass tacks mean?

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What does the phrase down to brass tacks mean?
Getting down to brass tacks means getting down to the essential facts of a matter. The history of the expression is uncertain, though it may have to do with the brass tacks used in upholstering, or tacks placed on the counter of a yard goods to mark out a yard store so customers could be sure they were getting their money’s worth.

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