meat and potatoes

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meat and potatoes (comparative more meat and potatoes, superlative most meat and potatoes)

  1. (informal) Normal, average, typical, unexceptional, or nondescript.
    Rick is very experimental and open-minded about trying new things, but Ted is a meat and potatoes kind of guy.



meat and potatoes (uncountable)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see meat,‎ and,‎ potatoes.
  2. (US, informal) The essential part or parts of something.

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