the meat and potatoes

the meat and potatoes

The most basic or fundamental aspects of something. Too much information will overwhelm the new hire, so just give him the meat and potatoes. The meat and potatoes of this game is keeping possession of the ball.
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meat and potatoes

The fundamental part or parts of something, as in This paragraph is the meat and potatoes of the contract. This metaphoric term transfers what some regard as basic fare to the basics of an issue. [Mid-1900s]
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meat and potatoes

INFORMAL
The meat and potatoes of something are the most important and basic things about it or parts of it. American workwear is the meat and potatoes of off-duty clothing. The real meat and potatoes of any auto show is in the cars and trucks people can buy now.
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meat and potatoes

ordinary but fundamental things; basic ingredients.
1993 New York Times Mainstream rock acts like Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen are the meat and potatoes of A.O.R.
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meat and potatoes

Informal
The fundamental parts or part; the basis.
See also: and, meat, potato
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Take equal quantities of the meat and potatoes, cut the meat into small pieces, peel the potatoes and slice some onions.
The meat and potatoes are the main formations and/or favorite plays of the team.
As a staff, we determine the meat and potatoes, players, formations, play and/or situations.
1 priority of most offensive coordinators will be the 1st and 10 situations or the meat and potatoes, as they are the backbone for starting the drive, the first course.
We spend time on the meat and potatoes. We develop defensive checks for all formations and plays to help us be strong against their stuff.