the nuts and bolts

the nuts and bolts

The most basic, fundamental, or essential aspects of something. Japanese is intimidating because of the written characters, but the nuts and bolts of the language are actually pretty straightforward. We came up with a lot of big ideas, but no one addressed the nuts and bolts of how to implement them.
See also: and, bolt, nuts

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, the

The essential or basic aspects of something, as in They have lofty goals but don't specify the nuts and bolts of how to achieve them. This expression alludes to basic working components of machinery. [Mid-1900s]
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nuts and bolts

the basic practical details of something. informal
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the nuts and ˈbolts (of something)

(informal) the most important and practical details of something: Jim put together the nuts and bolts of the deal; I added the details.He worked there long enough to learn the nuts and bolts of the business.
Nuts and bolts are small pieces of metal that are screwed together to fasten things together.
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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The line from which the nuts and bolts were stolen was brand new.
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