meat-and-po·​ta·​toes | \ ˈmēt-ən(d)-pə-ˈtā-(ˌ)tōz How to pronounce meat-and-potatoes (audio) \

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

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 However, the real meat and potatoes come from tweaking the audio in Sonar. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 24 May 2022 For cooking in the wild, lean into the foil packet—tinfoil packed with goodness and cooked on the edge of the fire—but don’t limit yourself to standard meat and potatoes. Outside Online, 19 May 2021 Devin Lloyd and Nephi Sewell were the meat and potatoes of the University of Utah football team’s defense last year. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 Chicago has always been a bastion of meat and potatoes. Ari Bendersky, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2022 If meat and potatoes meals are your go-to, trying to avoid meat for one day a week can have an impact. Lauren Manaker Ms, Rdn,, 28 Mar. 2022 Known as the business hub of Fairfax County, this slice of Northern Virginia is one of the least interesting places to find yourself for a meal — unless, of course, your idea of dinner is meat and potatoes attached to a corporate label. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Remember, the meat and potatoes are in the body of your email, but the subject is your alluring dessert. Gareth Parkin, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 The fastest rate of inflation in 40 years is hurting families across the US who are seeing ever-higher prices for everything from meat and potatoes to housing and gasoline. Jacob Orchard, Quartz, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of meat-and-potatoes


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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