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three R's

noun
1.
reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic, regarded as the fundamentals of education.
2.
the fundamentals, basic knowledge, or skills of any system or field:
the three R's of good government.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30
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British Dictionary definitions for three rs

three Rs

plural noun
1.
the three Rs, the three skills regarded as the fundamentals of education; reading, writing, and arithmetic
Word Origin
from the humorous spelling reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic
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three R's

reading, writing, and arithmetic
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Idioms and Phrases with three rs
The fundamentals of education, as in It's a terrible school; the children are not even taught the three R's. It is widely believed that Sir William Curtis, an alderman who became Lord Mayor of London, once presented a toast to the three R's—reading, riting, and rithmetic—thereby betraying his illiteracy. In any event, the term was picked up by others and so used from the early 1800s on.
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