from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Slang The basic working components or practical aspects: "[proposing] lofty goals without specifying the nuts and bolts of how they are to be achieved” ( Village Voice).
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- n. The basic, inner workings of something; the fundamentals or basics; that which makes something operate, on a basic level.
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- n. detailed practical information about how something works or how something can be accomplished
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Chests of nuts and bolts were scattered everywhere, harvested prematurely by the wind.
"Well, here's this big, long report with all this crap about this proposed development-all the nuts and bolts about lighting and sewer and paving and so on-just like they designed it around existing knowledge of everything any reasonable person would want to know about the area, geologically speaking.