nuts and bolts

the essential or basic aspects: to learn the nuts and bolts of a new job.


nuts-and-bolts, adjective Unabridged
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nuts and bolts
pl n
informal the essential or practical details

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nuts and bolts definition

  1. n.
    the mundane workings of something; the basics of something. : She's got a lot of good, general ideas, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of getting something done, she's no good.
  2. n.
    the subject of psychology in college. : Tom is flunking nuts and bolts because he won't participate in the required “experiments.”
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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