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meat-and-potatoes

[meet-n-puh-tey-tohz, -tuh z] /ˈmit n pəˈteɪ toʊz, -təz/
adjective, Informal.
1.
fundamental; down-to-earth; basic:
What are the meat-and-potatoes issues of the election?
Also, meat-and-potato.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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