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meat and potatoes

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Synonyms for meat and potatoes

noun fundamental parts
  • ball game
  • basis
  • bottom line
  • essence
  • gist
  • gravamen
  • guts
  • name of the game
  • nitty-gritty
  • nuts and bolts
  • score
  • substance

crux

noun. most important part
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