meat-and-potatoes

adjective

Definition of meat-and-potatoes

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of fundamental importance : basic also : concerned with or emphasizing the basic aspects of something
2 : unpretentious, simple a real meat-and-potatoes guy
3 : providing or preferring simple food (such as meat and potatoes)

Definition of meat and potatoes (Entry 2 of 2)

: the most interesting or fundamental part : meat sense 4

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Synonyms & Antonyms for meat-and-potatoes

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of meat-and-potatoes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction Her proselytizing in the produce aisles came as Americans graduated from the meat and potatoes of the 1950s and spawned today’s culinary daredevils. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Frieda Caplan, ‘Queen of Kiwi,’ Enlivened American Cuisine," 22 Jan. 2020 To me, the powerful tune has always been the nub, the meat and potatoes of the American musical theater. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Jerry Herman, Composer of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ and Other Broadway Hits, Dies at 88," 27 Dec. 2019 To me, the powerful tune has always been the nub, the meat and potatoes of the American musical theater. BostonGlobe.com, "Jerry Herman, the Broadway composer-lyricist who gave America the rousing, old-fashioned musicals “Hello, Dolly!” and “Mame” in the 1960s and Broadway’s first musical featuring gay lovers, “La Cage aux Folles,” in the 1980s, died Thursday at a hospital in Miami. He was 88.," 31 Dec. 2019 In other words, public funding is the meat and potatoes. Keith M. Phaneuf, courant.com, "Connecticut nonprofits to Gov. Ned Lamont: Philanthropy alone can’t save services," 20 Nov. 2019 Mix up family dinner with a delicious spin on the beloved meat and potato combo. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Lamb Chops With Roasted Potatoes and Radishes," 11 Mar. 2019 Him and Ray Kennedy were really responsible for the meat and potatoes of the whole thing. Jason Scott, Billboard, "'Car Wheels on a Gravel Road' Turns 20: Lucinda Williams & Producer Steve Earle Reflect on Her Masterpiece," 30 June 2018 This classic meat and potatoes combo is joined by sweet corn for crunch and the taste of summer ahead, then finished with a scattering of fresh thyme for a subtle, earthy sweetness. For Kroger, The Courier-Journal, "It's outdoor dining season: celebrate with zesty grilling dinner packets," 26 May 2018 Newman cooks everything from meat and potatoes to vegan at pHuel, located in downtown Cleveland's Playhouse Square and near Cleveland Clinic's main campus. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Cleveland chefs cook up surprises for families at Ronald McDonald House (photos, recipes)," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of meat-and-potatoes

Adjective

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meat-and-potatoes was in 1846

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“Meat-and-potatoes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meat%20and%20potatoes. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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meat-and-potatoes

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of meat-and-potatoes

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly US, informal
: of, relating to, or preferring simple food (such as meat and potatoes) instead of fancy food
: ordinary or simple

meat and potatoes

noun

English Language Learners Definition of meat and potatoes (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal : the most basic or important part of something

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