back to basics

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From back + to + basics.

Adverb[edit]

back to basics (not comparable)

  1. back to fundamental principles
    You can't teach them calculus when they can't add up; let's get back to basics.
    • 2014 November 14, Stephen Halliday, “Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero”, The Scotsman:
      While Strachan’s men have succeeded in adopting a more expansive, fluid style of play in recent times, it was very much a case of back to basics for this one.

Noun[edit]

back to basics (uncountable)

  1. (politics, chiefly UK) A conscious return to principles such as self-respect, decency and honesty; especially the discredited policy of the Conservative government in the 1990s.

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