nuts-and-bolts


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nuts and bolts

pl.n. Slang
The basic working components or practical aspects: "[proposing] lofty goals without specifying the nuts and bolts of how they are to be achieved" (Village Voice).

nuts′-and-bolts′ adj.
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nuts-and-bolts

adj
essential; practical
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