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Brass Tacks

Where did we get the ex­pres­sion “get­ting down to brass tacks”?

From early English drap­ers’ shops. The linen draper placed brass tacks along the in­ner edge of his counter and used them to mea­sure off the ma­te­rial his cus­tomers wished to buy. When a woman fin­ished look­ing over his stock and got down to stat­ing the amount of cloth she wished to buy she was “get­ting down to brass tacks.”

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