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or meat-and-potato

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

meat and potatoes

noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Informal.
the essential or basic part:
Community service is the meat and potatoes of this program.
probably earlier than 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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meat and potatoes


: It's the meat-andpotatoes appeal, the old pull at the heart-strings

noun phrase

The simple fundamentals; the NITTY-GRITTY (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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meat and potatoes

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 ]
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