meat-and-potatoes
adjective Date: 1949 1. of fundamental importance ; basic; also concerned with or emphasizing the basic aspects of something 2. unpretentious, simple <
a real meat-and-potatoes guy
>
3. providing or preferring simple food (as meat and potatoes)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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