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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Examples of nuts and bolts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now that the first wave of big announcements is winding down, raceAhead will be turning our attention to the nuts and bolts of the work that must happen in the longer term. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The NFL’s apparent new wokeness might be performative, but it still matters," 7 July 2020 Those are the nuts and bolts of a school, but the things that really make a school more than just mortar and bricks are what happens before and after classes. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "A plea to Gretchen Whitmer: Don't kill high school football in 2020 | Mick McCabe," 28 June 2020 What Williamson did is get into the nuts and bolts of why markets are not good for that. . Harrison Smith,, "Oliver Williamson, Nobel-winning economist who studied organizations, dies at 87," 30 May 2020 The systems’ design—each nut and bolt, down to the toilet inside the astronaut capsule—was left up to the two companies. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "America Has Outsourced Its Spaceflight Dreams to Elon Musk," 27 May 2020 In a 2001 story from The Republic, Baum said his first job was delivering nuts and bolts for Keystone Skrew Machinery in Chicago in the summer of 1956. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, "Man who was beloved CEO of Dial while it was headquartered in Arizona dies of COVID-19," 30 Apr. 2020 These newsrooms do nearly all nuts and bolts coverage of local democracy in action – the hearings, board meetings, public records searches, fact checks. George Stanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stanley: We're increasing our coverage of under-served Wisconsin communities, and you can support this essential journalism," 17 Apr. 2020 Part of the problem is that the shortage goes far beyond the nuts and bolts of a machine. Joseph Goldstein,, "N.Y. May Need 18,000 Ventilators Very Soon. It Has Far Short of That.," 17 Mar. 2020 First the nuts and bolts: When: 6 p.m. PT Thursday Where: Gill Coliseum. oregonlive, "Oregon State men’s basketball vs. Stanford Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch online," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of nuts and bolts

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jul 2020

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“Nuts and bolts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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