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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.
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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 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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Provincial railroad officials said the removal of the 600 nuts and bolts left 125 meters (400 feet) of track unmoored.
A spokesman for the National Railway said the problem of stolen nuts and bolts exists in scattered parts of the country.
The spokesman didn't say why nuts and bolts are commonly stolen or whether any other derailments have been reported in recent years.
Nuts and bolts became cheap to buy and interchangeable, making life much easier for mechanics.
At the other end, Mitchell stocks tiny double-ought-eighty nuts and bolts, smaller than the screws that hold your eyeglasses together.
People will always, it seems, need nuts and bolts, though as the timber industry has been in decline there has been less demand for very large fasteners.
RaceX locking wheel nuts and bolts can only be opened by a special socket key and are available in numerous sizes to fit all makes and models including UK, European and Japanese vehicles.
The Erector Set, with its nuts and bolts connectivity, allows connection to almost anything with a hole, while simultaneously making the connection/part-interaction process tedious, often resulting in many simple constructions with novel appendages: chaos is the result.
At its Web site, browsers can type detailed information about all the grommets in their house and obtain a computer-generated diagram of what their properties will look like 25 years from now when all those nuts and bolts have rusted together.
Twelve-point sockets can accommodate both four-and six-sided nuts and bolts, and are easier to slip over and rotate in tight quarters.
Okay, okay, by this point in your life you probably know which way to turn nuts and bolts, but I still often find myself reciting the little ditty "Right to tight, left to loose.
The tests showed that whereas conventional nuts and bolts often shake loose in fewer than 10 hours, the Stage 8 fasteners remained secure for at least 200 hours.
These thick coatings make nuts and bolts difficult to remove, prevent movable parts such as door hinges from sliding smoothly and interfere with efforts to tighten bolts to a specified degree.