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noun
the essential or basic aspects: to learn the nuts and bolts of a new job.
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Origin of nuts and bolts

First recorded in 1955–60

OTHER WORDS FROM nuts and bolts

nuts-and-bolts, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nuts and bolts

nuts and bolts

pl n
informal the essential or practical details
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