Idiom of the Week: Get Down to Brass Tacks

Idiom of the Week Returns!

Meaning: To get very serious about something or focus on the most important things.

Examples:

It’s a new school year – time to get down to brass tacks.

After arguing about the problem for a long time, we agreed that we had to get down to brass tacks.

“Let’s get down to brass tacks: you and I don’t like each other.”

 

Pop Quiz:

You are a teacher, and one of your students is always late. You get down to brass tacks if you…

A.  Give the student a dirty look.

B.  Ignore the problem.

C.  Try to find out why the student is always late and agree on a solution.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is C. You’re definitely getting down to brass tacks if you try to find out the reason for something and then develop a solution. So if you have a problem (and as we all know, everybody has problems), go out there and get down to brass tacks!

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4 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week: Get Down to Brass Tacks

  1. Sze Wong says:

    After the China and Taiwan’s contaminated oil,People have to get down to brass tacks.

  2. If you’re talking about pollution, I agree! But sometimes people don’t get down to brass tacks until they absolutely have to.

  3. Lynne says:

    The big picture versus the details: which is more important?

  4. Neither one. All that matters is that it matches your couch.

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