meat-and-potatoes

adjective
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of meat-and-potatoes

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)

First Known Use of meat-and-potatoes

1846


meat and potatoes

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of meat and potatoes

: the most interesting or fundamental part : meat 4

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First Known Use of meat and potatoes

1951


MEAT-AND-POTATOES Defined for English Language Learners

meat-and-potatoes

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


meat and potatoes

Definition of meat and potatoes for English Language Learners

  • : the most basic or important part of something


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