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(one’s) Meat And Potatoes

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(Metaphorical Idiomatic Phrasal-Noun)


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Not only is this a term which describes, literally, thousands upon thousands of delicious meal possibilities — served in just as many different ways — but it is also a common Metaphorical Idiomatic Phrasal-Noun.  If you are not familiar with the meaning of those Grammatical Terms, then — by all means — look them up!


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What Does It All Mean?
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Well…  If this were a Literal Phrase — (not functioning as a Metaphor) — then it could be describing…


A Nice Juicy Steak & A Baked Potato


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That Looks Pretty… Boring. But I’m Sure It’s Tasty!


A Fat Polska Kielbasa & Some Scalloped Potatoes…


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Eww… No Thanks!!! (I had too much of this crap as a kid)


Or Whatever-The-Hell This Is Supposed To Be…


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Once Again… It Probably Tastes Good, But I Wouldn’t Want To Pay For It. 😉


So — as stated above, it this were a Literal term, then it could be referring to any of of those combinations.  But, the phrase that I am describing here is the Metaphorical Idiomatic Version which functions as a single Grammatical Unit — as in the statement…


“That’s my ‘Meat ‘n’ Potatoes!”


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So What Do You Think This Could Mean?
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Possibly…


“Hey buddy!  that’s my steak and if you don’t get yer dirty paws off it I’m gonna sock you right in the mug!”


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But What It Actually Means Is…
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  • “That’s the stuff I survive off of!”
  • “That’s the stuff that ‘get’s me through’!”
  • “That’s what makes up my basic regular sustenance.”
  • “That’s the the thing that provides me with a great amount of happiness and fulfillment — and it has been that way for most of my life.”

And since this is a Metaphorical Phrase — the thing that it is referring-to, does not even have to be food!


You see…  For many generations (and throughout certain periods of history) — all around the world…  Humans survived off of a rather limited supply of food.  It is not-so-much that there was a lack of food available (even though that’s what most history books would have you believe) — but that Human Beings had grown away from picking berries & herbs — and REALLY got to liking the taste of animals…  animals which are slowly roasted over an open flame.  Yummm!!! 😛


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Hmmm… I Think That I Just Became A Vegetarian Again.


I‘m not exactly sure how The Potato became “The King Of All Meat-Side Preparations” (maybe ask an Irishman) — but for what seems like an eternity — we Humans have eaten our slabs of meat with some sort of preparation of potatoes next to it.  Which may not be the healthiest choice — but…  DAMN it tastes good!!!


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This is what we literally survived off of — for so long, in fact — that there is a very large percentage of Humans walking around today (rather slowly I might add) that still believe that you NEED to have some sort of “Meat And Potatoes” in order to survive.
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Otherwise, it just doesn’t seem like a full meal — and essentially (they believe) one might just starve and die if he or she does not get it…  (This of course remains to be a matter of personal opinion and a topic of great debate and discussion.  The kind which I really don’t care to join) 😀


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Usage Of The Phrase:  (one’s) “Meat And Potatoes”
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So when you’re talking to someone, and they refer to some thing (not food-like) as their “Meat And Potatoes” — it probably means that it is some thing or activity that they partake of/in — so much, or so often, that they feel like they would just wither-away and die if they didn’t have or do that thing.  On the other hand — if they only had access to that one thing — whatever it may be — for the rest of their lives…  they would probably be “As Happy As A Pig In Mud”  (blog post coming soon.) 😉


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Oops… Not That Kind… Hehe… Sorry.


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Yeah… That’s What I Meant

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I Hope that was helpful…  And that GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! becomes your “Meat And Potatoes” when it comes to getting information about:  Grammar, Lexis, Pronunciation, and Metaphorical Idiomatic Phrases like this one.


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No Go Eat!!!
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(Just Remember…  “All Things In Moderation”)


and…

Have An Excellent Day!

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The Teacher

The Man Known As "The Teacher" is the creator of - administrator for - and sole content contributor to - all that is GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!,  as well as a being a TEFL certified English teacher A Master of Ninja Invisibility and Jedi Mind Tricks, AND has a secret under-ground UFO bunker and Mad Scientist's Laboratory hidden deep in The Balkans where he currently resides with his beautiful wife and the formerly-homeless monkeys that have infested his apartment. He is also a Gemini and so is his evil twin ;)

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