nuts and bolts


: the working parts or elements
: the practical workings of a machine or enterprise as opposed to theoretical considerations or speculative possibilities
nuts-and-bolts adjective

Examples of nuts and bolts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Children could build cars, airplanes and machines with thin metal sheets and bars held together by tiny nuts and bolts. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 16 Mar. 2024 Then for most disabled people, focus gradually shifts from some concept of recovery to the nuts and bolts of simply living – a place to live, a satisfying job that pays well, friendships, relationships, and family, hobbies and pursuing personal ambitions, having fun, serving the community. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 The process paved the way for the next generation of leaders to learn the nuts and bolts of running a multibillion-dollar organization and to prove their readiness for more responsibility. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2024 Jimmy Kimmel is revealing some of the nuts and bolts behind John Cena's unforgettable Oscars 2024 appearance. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024 An innovation came in 1912 when Fred Clarke of the Pittsburgh Pirates used nuts and bolts to create a device that allowed sunglasses to flip up under the brim of the baseball cap, solving the problem of regular glasses falling off. Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 For two months, items like bird feed, clothes pegs, corks, nuts and bolts, were mysteriously placed neatly in a box on his workbench after being left out the previous evening. USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2024 But replacing the wheel without paying attention to the plate and the nuts and bolts that keep everything together means that a new wheel can be just as wobbly as an older one. Eva Rothenberg, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 Each set includes zinc chains, fasteners, and an assortment of nuts and bolts for installation. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nuts and bolts was in 1947

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“Nuts and bolts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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