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bare necessities

That which is absolutely essential, with nothing superfluous, extravagant, or unnecessary. All I'm looking for in a mobile phone is the bare necessities: the ability to make phone calls. They weren't kidding when they said the apartment only had the bare necessities: just a bed, a bathroom, and a stove!
See also: bare, necessity

bare necessities

Just sufficient resources, with nothing to spare. For example, The room was furnished with just the bare necessities-bed, table, chair. This idiom uses bare in the sense of "mere, and nothing else," a usage dating from about 1200.
See also: bare, necessity
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Vincent DePaul Society, to support community families in need, and to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
An appeal for the bear necessities for underprivileged children around the world is gathering momentum in Annan.
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Man cub Mowgli is escorted back to the human village by fun-loving Baloo, left, who imparts the Bear Necessities of life en route.
Guests were treated to a mixture of jazz melodies ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, including Bear Necessities, Down by the Riverside and When the Saints Go Marching In, with original compositions thrown in for good measure.
The first time your two-yearold discovers how magical Jungle Book is, their instinct is not to simply hum Bear Necessities for a couple of hours afterwards and perhaps ask for a pair of Baloo pyjamas.
Well, at her age she only needs the bear necessities.
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The new food pantry is called Bear Necessities after the school's mascot.
According to Colleen Wright-Riva, director of Dining and Retail Services, Cornell launched Webfood at Bear Necessities & Cafe on the first floor of the Robert Purcell Community Center.
Packed with great songs (admittedly nothing to match the Bear Necessities or I Wanna Be Like You) and a snappy script, this show knows exactly what the kids want - loads of animals - and gives it to them stylishly.
In her new book,"The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart"(Wiley; May 2006; $24.