Back to basics

back-to-basics

[bak-tuh-bey-siks]
adjective
1.
stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles: The movement suggests a back-to-basics approach to living for those whose lives have become complicated.
2.
emphasizing or based upon the teaching of such basic subjects as reading, arithmetic, grammar, or history in a traditional way.
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Main Entry:  back to basics
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a return to a previous simplified condition or to previously held values or fundamental principles
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back to basics

Back to fundamental principles, as in The plans are much too elaborate; to stay in our budget we have to get back to basics. At first this term was used mainly for schooling that stresses proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics (also see three R's), but it quickly was transferred to other areas. [1970s]

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