1. focus on the most important details of something
let's stop beating around the bush and get down to brass tacks
To 'get down to brass tacks' is an informal phrase meaning to begin to consider practical details or basic facts. "Let's get down to brass tacks, how much is this going to cost us?" the brass tacks are the 'essentials' in an arrangement or a discussion. Similar in meaning to 'let's get to the point'.