nuts and bolts

noun

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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nuts-and-bolts adjective

Examples of nuts and bolts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But like Apple's products, which concealed their inner workings behind glossy exteriors, getting to the nuts and bolts of what made Jobs tick was not always easy. Tom Page, CNN, 7 June 2021 But those elements are really just the nuts and bolts that enable an atmosphere where lifelong friends meet for the first time. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 24 May 2021 This will take care of those stubborn nuts and bolts that have been stripped and aren’t able to be removed by other wrenches. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 May 2021 Local public health officials, steering the state’s COVID-19 response, had asked for $200 million per year for public health nuts and bolts, California Healthline reports. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 Industrywide, much of the training of moderators has focused on nuts and bolts — how to access a queue or classify reports — according to insiders at these and other apps. Brian Edwards, ProPublica, 17 May 2021 The 2019 legislative session was highlighted not by wedge issues, but nuts and bolts items. Dallas News, 10 May 2021 Penna and Ryan Morrison wrote the script, which pays a lot more attention to the literal nuts and bolts of trying to salvage the two-year mission than to the psychological and emotional effects on the crew. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 23 Apr. 2021 Penna and Ryan Morrison wrote the script, which pays a lot more attention to the literal nuts and bolts of trying to salvage the two-year mission than to the psychological and emotional effects on the crew. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of nuts and bolts

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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15 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Nuts and bolts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nuts%20and%20bolts. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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