meat and potatoes


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meat

 (mēt)
n.
1. The edible flesh of animals, especially that of mammals as opposed to that of fish or poultry.
2. The edible part, as of a piece of fruit or a nut.
3. The essence, substance, or gist: the meat of the editorial.
4. Slang Something that one enjoys or excels in; a forte: Tennis is his meat.
5. Nourishment; food: "Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink" (Edna St. Vincent Millay).
6. Vulgar Slang
a. The human body regarded as an object of sexual desire.
b. The genitals.
Idiom:
meat and potatoes Informal
The fundamental parts or part; the basis.

[Middle English mete, from Old English, food.]

meat′ and pota′toes


n.
(used with a sing. or pl. v.) the essential or basic part.
[1950–55]

meat′-and-pota′toes



adj.
fundamental; down-to-earth; basic: meat-and-potatoes issues.
[1945–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meat and potatoes - the fundamental part; "successful negotiation is the meat and potatoes of arbitration"
cornerstone, fundament, groundwork, basis, foundation, base - the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
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Cargill and Heinz have paired their ground beef and Ore-Ida frozen potatoes, respectively, in a new retail promotion that highlights cost-effective meat and potatoes "comfort food" meals.
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My husband's a real meat and potatoes man," says Ida Halpern.