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bare necessities

That which is absolutely essential, with nothing superfluous, extravagant, or unnecessary. All I'm looking for in a mobile phone is the bare necessities: the ability to make phone calls. They weren't kidding when they said the apartment only had the bare necessities: just a bed, a bathroom, and a stove!
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bare necessities

Just sufficient resources, with nothing to spare. For example, The room was furnished with just the bare necessities-bed, table, chair. This idiom uses bare in the sense of "mere, and nothing else," a usage dating from about 1200.
See also: bare, necessity
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Well, at her age she only needs the bear necessities.
BEAR NECESSITIES Barra Best and Jo Scott with Pudsey
Sadly, the bear necessities of modern life don't stretch to a second film because Ted 2 is padded with as much fluff as the huggable hero.
2/5 JULIE WALT LIE WAL ERS, 64 The Paddington star's floor-length sequinned frock covered the bear necessities and was as sparkling and dazzling as her ready wit.
Bear Necessities : A national organization dedicated to eliminating pediatric cancer and providing hope and support to those who are touched by it, Bear Necessities received a grant for its Bear Hugs program, which provides customized experiences to brighten the lives of children going through cancer and provides financial assistance to families.
The new food pantry is called Bear Necessities after the school's mascot.
The album in question features all the favourites and more - from Bear Necessities to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
The bear necessities Wildlife lovers will love tracking brown bears in Romania's forests.
KNOWLE and Dorridge will be hoping that the Bear necessities help them to their first top-flight Birmingham and District Cricket League title.
According to Colleen Wright-Riva, director of Dining and Retail Services, Cornell launched Webfood at Bear Necessities & Cafe on the first floor of the Robert Purcell Community Center.
Packed with great songs (admittedly nothing to match the Bear Necessities or I Wanna Be Like You) and a snappy script, this show knows exactly what the kids want - loads of animals - and gives it to them stylishly.
As part of its launch celebration, the company is currently donating $5 to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation for every completed transaction it processes until November 19, 2010, and after that, will make a $1 donation to the foundation for each package of gold or jewelry items consumers send to Gold Promise.
From big gigs including Mary Coughlan, Ronnie Greer, Pat McManus, Grainne Duffy and the Nigel Mooney Organ Trio to local and upcoming talent that will have toes-tapping and smiles for miles such as Cup O'Joe, The Bear Necessities and More Dogs Barking, the event also includes many free gigs across the city, ensuring that everyone can join the fun.
Beneficiaries include DCFS, CAWC, New Horizon Center, Facing Forward, Bear Necessities, Misericordia, LYDIA Home Association, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, Family Rescue and Maryville Academy.