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basic decency

Common, everyday courtesy, respect, and politeness that is expected and assumed by social convention. Please have the basic decency to at least consult me before you make some extravagant purchase. It is an assumed basic decency that you should help someone if they are in distress.
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back to basics

Returning 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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basic

slang Describing one who likes stereotypically trendy things. Primarily heard in US. I'm not trying to be basic, I just love going to Starbucks.

basic bitch

rude slang One who likes stereotypically trendy things. Primarily heard in US. I'm not a basic bitch, I just love going to Starbucks, OK?
See also: basic, bitch

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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go back to basics

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

return to basic instruction; start the learning process over again. Class, you seem to have forgotten the simplest of facts, so it's back to basics for the first week of classes.
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back to basics

Back to fundamental principles, as in The plans are much too elaborate; to stay in our budget we have to get back to basics. At first this term was used mainly for schooling that stresses proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics (also see three R's), but it quickly was transferred to other areas. [1970s]
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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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back to basics

abandoning complication and sophistication to concentrate on the most essential aspects of something.
Back to basics is often used to suggest the moral superiority of the plain and simple, as in a speech made in 1993 by the British Conservative leader John Major , who spearheaded the government's campaign for the regeneration of basic family and educational values in the 1990s.
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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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Is it possible to select and agree upon which are the basics (Ediger, 1995, 116-117)?
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Common shares issued in partly paid form and stock subscriptions that are entitled to dividends in proportion to the amount paid are part of the basic EPS computation.
What is new in the past 40 years is that, because of changes in our society and in health care, the provision of universal access to basic health care has become part of that mandate.
Other researchers had previously implicated myelin basic protein in the development of a neurologic disease in mice.
The deal could potentially result in more covered work for SAG members because of a new understanding that all animated productions produced for basic cable would be covered by the contract.
One of the objectives of the Basic Science Workshop is to "identify from the work presented the implications for activism.
In May 1997, a large, persistent epidemic of adenovirus type 4-associated acute respiratory disease began at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, the largest army basic training center.
Throughout history, Americans--particularly American businessmen--have identified and tackled basic problems with huge arsenals of technology, productive hours and money.
To develop those informal relationships and better coordinate our response to community concerns, the department moved the senior lead officers from the Basic Car deployment.