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nuts and bolts

noun
1.
the essential or basic aspects:
to learn the nuts and bolts of a new job.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
Related forms
nuts-and-bolts, adjective
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Examples from the web for nuts and bolts
  • Algebra is the basic nuts and bolts of math, but calculus is the beauty of it.
  • nuts and bolts, steel cylinders and canisters, valves carefully pried from a wrecked automobile.
  • Professors often lack the administrative know-how to manage the nuts and bolts of such trips.
  • The problem has long been that no one, not even the participants, really care about the nuts and bolts of state government.
  • Until recently, scientists understood little about the actual nuts and bolts of dreaming.
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  • For its nuts and bolts, this vision relies on two unglamorous technologies.
  • It starts with the nuts and bolts of scientific publishing.
  • The audit-a praiseworthy attempt to get to grips with the nuts and bolts of future economic growth-makes another point too.
  • The teeth securely grip a variety of sizes of metric and conventional nuts and bolts.
British Dictionary definitions for nuts and bolts

nuts and bolts

plural noun
1.
(informal) the essential or practical details
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Slang definitions & phrases for nuts and bolts

nuts and bolts

modifier

: Berger's nuts-and-bolts discussion of film-TV music

noun phrase

The fundamentals; the practical basics: the nuts and bolts of wildland preservation/ men who are dealing with the nuts and bolts of negotiations (1960+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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