get back to basics

get back to basics

To return to the fundamental aspects of something. Since you're struggling to play chords, let's get back to basics and look at the notes on the scale.
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get back to basics

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go back to basics

If you get back to basics or go back to basics, you concentrate on simple, important ideas or activities. It helps to get back to basics and say explicitly how we want to satisfy our target customer. This is about going back to basics, learning about a healthy diet and approaching food in a new way. Note: Back-to-basics can be used before nouns. We need a new back-to-basics drive to raise standards of literacy in Britain's schools.
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get/go back to ˈbasics

think about the simple or most important ideas within a subject or an activity instead of new ideas or complicated details: It’s time for us all to get back to basics and concentrate on what really matters.
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CHRIS HENRY is eager to help Ulster get back to basics in tonight's must win Pro12 showdown with Zebre in Belfast.
We needed to take stock, stay calm and get back to basics.
But he insists his side must get back to basics defensively after a sloppy showing by stars such as Sean Dillon (below) and Calum Butcher.
Analysed He said: "We've analysed all the games and felt we needed to get back to basics a little bit because you can't just go out there and think you're going to win any game.
We have to get back to basics and start winning again.
My philosophy always was to get back to basics - and the basics are, just watch the ball.
Forzoni feels Murray needs to get back to basics and does not think it is surprising the Australian Open high has been followed by a low.
Taking a school class lets her get back to basics, and doing big jumps and turns takes her out of her comfort zone.
We've got to get back to basics and start enjoying our football again.