Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “meat and potatoes”

See all translations

meat and potatoes

US the most important or basic parts of something: Teachers have a lot to do, but time spent in the classroom is the meat and potatoes of the profession.
Translations of “meat and potatoes”
in Chinese (Traditional) 基本的, 根本的, 重要的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 基本的, 根本的, 重要的…
(Definition of meat and potatoes from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “meat and potatoes”

Definitions of “meat and potatoes” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More