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nuts and bolts

 
1. Fig. the mundane workings of something; the basics of something. (See also get down to the nuts and bolts.) I want you to learn how to write well. You have to know the nuts and bolts of writing. She's got a lot of good, general ideas, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of getting something done, she's no good.
2. Sl. the subject of psychology in college. I took a class in nuts and bolts and didn't learn anything at all about what makes me tick. Tom is flunking nuts and bolts because he won't participate in the required "experiments."
See also: and, bolt, nuts

nuts and bolts

1. n. the mundane workings of something; the basics of something. She’s got a lot of good, general ideas, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts of getting something done, she’s no good.
2. n. the subject of psychology in college. Tom is flunking nuts and bolts because he won’t participate in the required “experiments.”
See also: and, bolt, nuts
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Provincial railroad officials said the removal of the 600 nuts and bolts left 125 meters (400 feet) of track unmoored.
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At its Web site, browsers can type detailed information about all the grommets in their house and obtain a computer-generated diagram of what their properties will look like 25 years from now when all those nuts and bolts have rusted together.
At no charge to the owner, the service technician will inspect the vehicle and, if necessary, install new nuts and bolts on affected components.
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Nuts and Bolts, whose cast includes stunners Alexandra Dunn, who plays Clare Parry, and Liz Armon-Lloyd as Alison Jeffries, was first screened earlier this year at tea-time.
The tests showed that whereas conventional nuts and bolts often shake loose in fewer than 10 hours, the Stage 8 fasteners remained secure for at least 200 hours.
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Funding For Womens Health Programs: How To Secure The Money You Need To Help Your Program Thrive" sets the stage, with an overview presentation on the vision of what can be achieved and the practicalities of "thinking funding;" a case history of a successful womens health center and the centers successes in funding and philanthropy, and, finally what needs to be done -- the nuts and bolts of organizing to start a grants funding effort.
THERE are more than 1,600,000 thefts from cars in the UK each year and many of these are wheels, but by spending a few pounds on RaceX locking wheel nuts and bolts motorists can thwart even the most determined thief.