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the nuts and bolts of something

the basic facts or practical things that need to be understood or done: He was a genius on paper, but when it came to the nuts and bolts of running a business he was a failure.
(Definition of the nuts and bolts of something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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