from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Offering practical advice and detailed instruction in an activity.
- n. Something, such as a book or learning situation, that provides practical advice and detailed instruction in an activity: She read a how-to on plumbing. The weekend was a real how-to for would-be campers.
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- adj. that gives advice or instruction on a particular topic
- n. Practical advice on a particular subject.
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