meat and potatoes[mēt′'n pə tāt′əz]
Informal basic parts or aspects; essentials; fundamentals
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- basic; fundamental: they talked about the meat-and-potatoes issues
- ordinary; everyday
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plural noun Informal (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
The fundamental parts or part; the basis.
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meat and potatoes - Phrases/Idioms
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The fundamental part or parts of something, as in This paragraph is the meat and potatoes of the contract. This metaphoric term transfers what some regard as basic fare to the basics of an issue. [Mid-1900s]