Definition of meat and potatoes in US English:

meat and potatoes

phrase

North American
  • Ordinary but fundamental things; basic ingredients.

    ‘the club's meat and potatoes remains blues performers’
    • ‘The meat and potatoes of any platforming game, the game's puzzles, are fairly standard when compared to other games.’
    • ‘The whole point of the exercise, of course, is to get to the meat and potatoes of the tale: The war between man and machine.’
    • ‘These ideas, along with more overt forms of discrimination, are the meat and potatoes of this film.’
    • ‘Before getting into the meat and potatoes of the story, I should explain a little about myself.’
    • ‘In other words, skip through the bits to get to the meat and potatoes of this disc: the interview segments.’
    • ‘Of course, the meat and potatoes of the game are its many quests and the often-connected spells that Harry acquires as a result.’
    • ‘So now, we get down to the meat and potatoes of his problem.’
    • ‘Of course the real meat and potatoes here is the gameplay.’
    • ‘Nearly half the movie transpires before we get to the meat and potatoes of the gunplay.’
    • ‘An article like the one you are reading is the meat and potatoes of blogs.’