meat' and pota'toes

the essential or basic part: Community service is the meat and potatoes of this program.


Pronunciation: (mēt'n-pu-tā'tōz, -tuz), [key]
adj. Informal.
fundamental; down-to-earth; basic: What are the meat-and-potatoes issues of the election? Also,meat'-and-po•ta'to.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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