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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.

meat-and-potatoesadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌmiːt.ən.pəˈteɪ.təʊz/  us   /ˌmiːt.ən.pəˈteɪ.t̬oʊz/ US
(Definition of meat and potatoes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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meat-and-potatoesadjective

 us   /ˈmit ən pəˈteɪ·t̬oʊz /
basic and important: Taxes are a meat-and-potatoes issue for most voters.
(Definition of meat-and-potatoes from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “meat and potatoes”
in Chinese (Simplified) 基本的, 根本的, 重要的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 基本的, 根本的, 重要的…
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