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. (US, informal) The essential part or parts of something.
    • 15 September 2018, Barney Ronay, “Finely tuned Liverpool are really getting into Jürgen Klopp’s groove”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The complete attacking secrets of Harry Kane would be a slim volume. His game at its best is beautifully simple: high-energy, highly effective meat and potatoes. He just looks very tired.
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see meat,‎ and,‎ potatoes.

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