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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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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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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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We need Ollie Baker and Colin Lynch back to their 1997/98 form for June 3, working hard, putting the tackles in, making the hits and drifting back.We need them getting back to basics first at the expense of getting forward.
We Are You is set to inject new vibrancy into London's somewhat stale club scene by getting back to basics for people who share a mutual appreciation of dance music and club culture.
"I think we have to focus on getting back to basics after all the excitement," Barry warns.
As a mother and a parent I feel that getting back to basics should be about providing children with the basics they need for a decent education.
But there's something timeless about getting back to basics, and it could be exactly what you need to engage even more tenants on the best practices for being greener.
But with seven of their last eight defeats being by a single goal, Mepham (above) is confident they can turn it round by getting back to basics.
"It's building blocks again, getting back to basics. We've had a great start but it's only a start.
Barefoot Festival is a family-friendly festival and is about getting back to basics, getting grass in between your toes and taking time out from the pressures of modern life.
"For us defenders it was about getting back to basics after the last couple of weeks and we seem to be gradually getting back on track," said O'Brien (pictured above).
Getting back to basics can make the world of difference to your swimming technique and that makes swimming more fun."
Today was about being disciplined, working hard and getting back to basics. I always think we have the quality to win games."
They have diversified a bit in recent years, but their latest series finds them getting back to basics as they get their motors running and head out across Europe, the Middle East and America.
"I am sure the skipper Jacques Du Toit will have the players fired up and getting back to basics - they are already champing at the bit."
Only by getting back to basics will we be equipped to make it.
In "Marketing for Tomorrow, Not Yesterday", author and industry futurist Zain Raj has scripted a guidebook full of wit and hard-won wisdom that shows how truly understanding your core customer and getting back to basics is the way that you can conquer complex problems and learn to thrive in this Cambrian era of marketing.