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basic decency

Common, everyday courtesy, respect, and politeness that is expected and assumed by social convention. Please have the basic decency to at least consult me before you make some extravagant purchase. It is an assumed basic decency that you should help someone if they are in distress.
See also: basic, decency

back to basics

return to basic instruction; start the learning process over again. Class, you seem to have forgotten the simplest of facts, so it's back to basics for the first week of classes.
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back to basics

returned to the main principles of something She got back to basics on her last album, using just a guitar and piano to produce some wonderful music.
Usage notes: often used with go or get, as in the example
Etymology: based on the idea of learning the basics in school (reading, writing, addition, subtraction)
See also: back, basic

back to basics

Back to fundamental principles, as in The plans are much too elaborate; to stay in our budget we have to get back to basics. At first this term was used mainly for schooling that stresses proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics (also see three R's), but it quickly was transferred to other areas. [1970s]
See also: back, basic
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3/4 cup ketchup OR Basic Tomato Sauce (recipe follows) OR canned tomato sauce
Top with 1/4 cup Basic Tomato Sauce, canned tomato sauce OR ketchup.
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BASIC is also sponsoring a forum today at Berkeley Lab for local officials and the public, where local experts will discuss the many avenues by which nanotechnology can impact the future vitality of the Bay Area.
RosettaNet Basics Partner Interface Processes(R)(PIP(R)s): Supports all RosettaNet PIPs exchanged within the RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF).
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In developing a high-performance, yet affordable SCSI solution for mobile computer users, New Media initiated significant cost saving measures into the new BASICS SCSI Adapter.
One of the cost saving measures built into all BASICS Series products is a specially designed molded case that provides a built-in interface on the PC card itself.
Level 1 introduces the software, goes over event basics and dialog boxes - Level 2 discusses variables, functions and procedures, control structures, debugging, tips and tricks - Level 3 teaches how to create classes, events and controls, and to validate input - Level 4 demonstrates data control, objects, the multiple-document interface, and collections - Level 5 discusses data-access objects, the Windows application interface, error handling, drag and drop, and optimization - Level 6 teaches about dynamic data exchange, OLE, and OLE servers
As the ever-growing wish list of new work projects was compiled, a basic question kept surfacing.