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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Huawei’s carrier business—which supplies the nuts and bolts of the telecommunications market to networks around the world—has always been the company’s heart and soul. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "How Huawei Took Over the World," 25 Dec. 2018 The slate of speakers Tuesday reflects a balancing act for Perez, both in terms of the party’s internal identity struggles and in educating donors about the nuts and bolts of how the DNC fits into the left’s overall campaign effort. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Top Democratic donors hear from rising stars ahead of 2020," 12 Dec. 2018 Wicks had a traditional die stock holder and a straight-line tap wrench, so in both cases the cutting implement centers over the nut and bolt (the cutters are in the middle of two handles). Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Strange Magic of Two-Handled Tools," 1 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of nuts and bolts

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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