how-to

[hou-too]
adjective
1.
giving or pertaining to basic instructions and directions to the layperson on the methods for doing or making something, especially as a hobby or for practical use: a how-to book on photography.
noun, plural how-tos.
2.
a set of step-by-step instructions for accomplishing a certain task or reaching a certain objective: a how-to for fixing a leaky faucet.
3.
the basic principles or approach for doing something: the how-to of investing in the stock market.

Origin:
1925–30

how-toer, noun
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how-to
 
adj
(of a book or guide) giving basic instructions to the lay person on how to do or make something, esp as a hobby or for practical purposes: a how-to book on carpentry

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For two years, she read how-to screenplay-writing books while working on scripts with her two roommates.
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