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meat-and-potatoes

or meat-and-potato

[meet-n-puh-tey-tohz, -tuh z] /ˈmit n pəˈteɪ toʊz, -təz/
adjective, Informal.
1.
fundamental; down-to-earth; basic:
What are the meat-and-potatoes issues of the election?
Origin of meat-and-potatoes
1945-1950
1945-50

meat and potatoes

noun, (used with a singular or plural verb) Informal.
1.
the essential or basic part:
Community service is the meat and potatoes of this program.
Origin
probably earlier than 1950-55
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meat and potatoes

modifier

: 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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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