the ABCs of

the ABCs of (something)

1. The essential facts or details about something. Can you just give me the ABCs of this chapter on mitosis so I don't fail the test?
2. The most basic or fundamental elements or aspects of some subject or thing. It's an intro-level class, so you'll just learn the ABCs of marketing.
See also: ABC, of

the ABCs of something

Fig. the basic facts or principles of something. I have never mastered the ABCs of car maintenance.
See also: ABC, of
References in periodicals archive ?
Bankruptcy: the ABCs of ABCs, in The Americas Restructuring &
In the ABCs of ABCs, Berman discusses liquidation of assets, and