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.
- how-toer, noun
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How to use how-to in a sentence
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 | Erin Cunningham | July 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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An email allegedly written by David Newman, an employee of the Cheyenne VA, reads like a how-to manual for cooking the books.
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Meantime I'll take your advice about my speech, Mac, and blue-pencil the how-to-be-good stuff.The Clarion | Samuel Hopkins Adams
Special subjects require special consideration and study, especially when the how-to-do-it is involved.
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In preparing a "how-to-do-something" article, a writer needs to consider the class of readers for which it is intended.How To Write Special Feature Articles | Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
Lobs were being tried, and Stone, nearly weeping with pure joy, was playing an innings of the how-to-brighten-cricket type.Mike | P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for how-to
(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 purposes: a how-to book on carpentry
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