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the essential or basic aspects:
to learn the nuts and bolts of a new job.
plural noun
(informal) the essential or practical details


: Berger’s nuts-and-bolts discussion of film-TV music

noun phrase

The fundamentals; the practical basics: the nuts and bolts of wildland preservation/ men who are dealing with the nuts and bolts of negotiations (1960+)


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