the nuts and bolts

the nuts and bolts

the basic, practical details of a job or other activity (often + of ) Law school teaches wonderful theory but it doesn't teach the nuts and bolts of actually practising law.
See also: and, bolt, nuts
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The line from which the nuts and bolts were stolen was brand new.
The popular courses, billed as the Nuts and Bolts Experience after the popular soap opera filmed in Merthyr Tydfil, are held across the South Wales Valleys.
Jan, currently starring as Lisa in London's Burning, said her love for Wales made it an easy decision to join the Nuts and Bolts cast.
When all the nuts and bolts remaining in a set have been used, any remaining construction components are useless, and vice versa.
I look at all the seniors and we'll count on her, especially now that were in the nuts and bolts of the season, for her leadership ability.
Investigators have attacked the nuts and bolts of the problems encountered during deployment of the Tethered Satellite System (SN: 8/15/92, p.
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.
The Nuts and Bolts Experience leads to a BTec qualification and will continue despite the axing of the soap.
That represents a massive drop in the Nuts and Bolts audience, from 355,000 to only 68,000.