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meatoes

noun; blending
the most important issue or point of the situation
 
Speaker wanted a much shorter way to express the phrase “meat and potatoes,” which is often used in the same meaning. Speaker was examining a dense and complicated paper and used the word to address getting to the main point. The phrase is a very popular one; however, when the two words are blended, the meaning is retained but the phrase is shortened
Etymology : Blending of the words: meat from Old English mete meaning 'food, item of food' and potatoes from Spanish patata Online Etymology Dictionary
Source : Let’s get to the meatoes of the topic. Rice undergraduate (October 2008)
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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