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Brass tacks

Posted by Phil on July 17, 2003

In Reply to: Brass tacks posted by woody on July 17, 2003

Good question to which I too would like to know the answer. I'd also be interested to hear where 'getting down to the nitty-gritty' comes from. I heard on the radio a few months back that it was something to do with the Atlantic Slave Trade, but the speaker did not want to go into detail on a family programme ... (BTW, sorry to hijack).


: Where did this saying come from? As in "getting down to the brass tacks".... to get to the basics of something.