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

Other Words from nuts and bolts

nuts-and-bolts \ ˈnəts-​ən(d)-​ˈbōlts How to pronounce nuts and bolts (audio) \ adjective

Examples of nuts and bolts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson, by contrast, focused on the nuts and bolts of coaching. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 11 July 2022 Interviews with body doubles, visual effects specialists and intimacy coordinators reveal the nuts and bolts behind the sultriest movie moments. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2022 Explicit knowledge is the nuts and bolts of operations, typically already captured and easily accessed through standard operating procedures and training. Allbusiness, Forbes, 17 May 2022 So what are the nuts and bolts of buying virtual real estate? Cameron Sperance,, 3 July 2022 The day-to-day nuts and bolts of the business will be a continued focus as well. Jim Vinoski, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Styles have evolved, frame materials and lenses have gotten better, but the nuts and bolts of their construction today are essentially the same as those first ones sold on the Jersey Shore. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 22 Jan. 2021 The nuts and bolts of the financing package weren't as significant to investors as the news that Musk apparently still plans to complete his Twitter buyout. CBS News, 26 May 2022 The nuts and bolts of the study: 11 experienced male runners completed the two-hours-plus-5K protocol three times. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 15 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nuts and bolts

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nuts and bolts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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