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x's and o's

1. sports The symbols used to denote the players on one's team (and usually those of the opposing team) in a diagram of a play (i.e., the formation the players will take when trying to score or move the ball). The term often refers to the plays themselves. That coach is great with the x's and o's, but the team's execution has been very disappointing.
2. By extension, knowledge of how something works. Before you start on that report, call Shelly—she knows all the x's and o's of the budget.
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Chuck knew almost as much about the music as we did, and we rarely knocked ourselves out over the X's and O's. Most of our conversation was on books, education, and the newspapers--all of which Chuck spiced up with his sly sense of humor.
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I think he was a much better X's and O's guy than he ever let on or anyone ever gave him credit for.
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Along with an expanded Autzen, we now have a bunch of state-required football art around the stadium, including those giant X's and O's that people write to me about each week and say: "What are those giant X's and O's?' (Like Jack Nicholson's character and Nurse Ratched in Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," football fans and art have never really hit if off.)
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"At this point, it's not about X's and O's. It's about heart.
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