nuts and bolts


Definition of nuts and bolts 

1 : the working parts or elements

2 : the practical workings of a machine or enterprise as opposed to theoretical considerations or speculative possibilities

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Trump has never liked negotiating the details of policy or overseeing the nuts and bolts of governance. Ezra Klein, Vox, "To beat Trump, House Democrats need to fight on policy, not just scandals," 12 Nov. 2018 Except here the plug gets pulled on the supernatural, with all the gloppy glue and nuts and bolts exposed. Christopher Knight,, "Jamison Carter's sculptures: Like a carpenter's guide to the cosmos, or earthbound explosions of space," 14 June 2018 The president shows no sign of having the capacity to turn a vague promise into the nuts and bolts of policy. The Economist, "The special relationship once enriched Britain’s politics. No longer," 5 July 2018 The loose and lost nuts and bolts alone were enough to bump the mission into 2021, officials noted. Marcia Dunn,, "More delay, cost for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope," 28 June 2018 In May 2017, an inspector found damaged nuts and bolts. Washington Post, "Riders plunge 34 feet, 6 injured in roller coaster derail," 15 June 2018 Perrie's presentation will highlight the use of hydropower, dams, crib dams, and the efficiency of these early mills in the production of products ranging from nuts and bolts, to paper and steel. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 26 June 2018 To protect the devices against theft, the Coast Guard has been sailing around the region, using blowtorches to weld the nuts and bolts that secure the gongs and bells to the buoys. David Abel,, "Someone is stealing bells and gongs from buoys in Maine," 25 June 2018 What exactly does that look like, in the nuts and bolts of gameplay? Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Most Promising Indie Games That Showed Up at E3," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of nuts and bolts

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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