- giving or pertaining to basic instructions and directions to the layperson on the methods for doing or making something, especially as a hobby or for practical use: a how-to book on photography.
- a set of step-by-step instructions for accomplishing a certain task or reaching a certain objective: a how-to for fixing a leaky faucet.
- the basic principles or approach for doing something: the how-to of investing in the stock market.
Origin of how-to
First recorded in 1925–30
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Examples from the Web for how-to
In March, popular beauty site Into the Gloss even published a how-to on getting blue-tinted hair.Tangled Up in Blue: Young Stars and Their Blue Rinses
July 9, 2014
The “Operation Trojan Horse” letter was a how-to guide for Islamic fundamentalists wanting to take over local schools.Inspectors Uncover UK Schools Pushing Radical Islamic Agendas
June 10, 2014
An email allegedly written by David Newman, an employee of the Cheyenne VA, reads like a how-to manual for cooking the books.Did the VA Pay Out Bonuses for Screwing Veterans?
May 12, 2014
Jack only released the how-to of the hack to the ATM makers, and only after the fixes had already been made.Death of Hero Hacker Barnaby Jack Ruled a Drug Overdose
January 4, 2014
The how-to, it would seem, ought to be stuffed with must-reads.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
- (of a book or guide) giving basic instructions to the lay person on how to do or make something, esp as a hobby or for practical purposesa how-to book on carpentry
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