down to the studs

down to the studs

1. Having had the drywall or similar material removed. (This exposes the "studs," the vertical posts used in the framework of a wall). If this is a serious water leak, you might have to take everything down to the studs. A: "Everything's down to the studs! Do you know how much a full-blown renovation will cost?" B: "Yes, but on the plus side, you can design the house exactly as you want."
2. By extension, reduced to something's most minimal, basic, or fundamental elements. The team stripped its roster down to the studs, rebuilding it back up again from the ground up. After several false starts, the film adaptation was taken back down to the studs, with a brand new writer and director brought on board.
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