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nuts and bolts

the essential or basic aspects:
to learn the nuts and bolts of a new job.
Origin of nuts and bolts
First recorded in 1955-60
Related forms
nuts-and-bolts, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nuts and bolts

nuts and bolts

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

nuts and bolts


: 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.
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