meat and potatoes[mēt′'n pə tāt′əz]
meat and potatoes definition by Webster's New World
Informal basic parts or aspects; essentials; fundamentals
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- basic; fundamental: they talked about the meat-and-potatoes issues
- ordinary; everyday
meat and potatoes definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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 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]