Definition of nuts and bolts in US English:

nuts and bolts


  • The basic practical details.

    ‘the nuts and bolts of public policy’
    • ‘The internet is the mechanism - the nuts and bolts - for physically connecting computer networks.’
    • ‘The book is also a marvelous insight into the nuts and bolts of medical practice.’
    • ‘Transnational culture-ideology practices are the nuts and bolts and the glue that hold the system together.’
    • ‘He tends to hire ambitious people who have their eye on a startup and a knack for the nuts and bolts of practice.’
    • ‘Massenet learned his craft by playing timpani at the Paris Opéra, and really understood the nuts and bolts of theatrical production.’
    • ‘What I'm attempting to do here is get down to the nuts and bolts.’
    • ‘At the same time he was always interested in practicalities, in the nuts and bolts.’
    • ‘Further detailed discussions on the nuts and bolts of the finance deal will now take place with the DfES.’
    • ‘Her tale, the least interesting of the three, details the nuts and bolts of her past and what it takes to break free for a better future.’
    • ‘The announcement was long on strategy and short on the nuts and bolts of how the forums will work in practice.’
    practical details, basic details, fundamentals, basics, practicalities, essentials, mechanics
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