meat and potatoes Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “meat and potatoes” in the English Dictionary

"meat and potatoes" in British English

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meat and potatoes

US the most ​important or ​basicparts of something: Teachers have a lot to do, but ​timespent in the ​classroom is the meat and ​potatoes of the ​profession.

meat-and-potatoesadjective [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 ​longerpayincreases but ​jobsecurity.
(Definition of meat and potatoes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 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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