First Known Use of meat-and-potatoes
Synonymsabecedarian, basal, basic, beginning, elemental, essential, fundamental, introductory, meat-and-potatoes, rudimental, rudimentary, underlying
Related Wordsprimal, primary, prime, simple; crude, primeval, primitive, primordial, rude, uncomplicated; preliminary, preparatory; crucial, important, key
Near Antonymscomplex, sophisticated; complicated, convoluted, detailed, elaborate, extensive, intricate; developed, evolved, high, higher, refined
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And despite its turn to current affairs, the new Teen Vogue is still full of the meat and potatoes of teen-magazine stories — combating zits, trying out blond hair dye, the hottest fashions from Eastern Europe.
The Erector Set stadium looked the part for a meat and potatoes franchise whose ethos was established by Paul Brown.
Only time will tell if our policymakers decide to give further thoughts on popular eating habits, or if the rest of them are still pleased with meat and potatoes as well.
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First Known Use of meat and potatoes
MEAT-AND-POTATOES Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of meat-and-potatoes for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or preferring simple food (such as meat and potatoes) instead of fancy food
: ordinary or simple
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Definition of meat and potatoes for English Language Learners
: the most basic or important part of something
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