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the meat and potatoes

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe meat and potatoesthe meat and potatoesAmerican English informalIMPORTANT the most important or basic parts of a discussion, decision, piece of work etc Let’s get down to the meat and potatoes. How much are you going to pay me for this? meat
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the meat and potatoesBut the meat and potatoes of the newscast is the gathering, preparing, and presentation of the news.
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