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English definition of “meat-and-potatoes”

meat-and-potatoes

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌmiːt.ən.pəˈteɪ.təʊz/ us    /-t̬oʊz/ US
more basic or important than other things: For many unions, the meat-and-potatoes issue is no longer pay increases but job security.
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