What is the meaning of `nuts and bolts’?

When someone talks about the nuts and bolts of a job, he gives a brief summary of what the job entails. In other words, he gives you the basic information about the job. When you say that someone knows the nuts and bolts of a subject, he knows the basic things about the subject.

*They tell me that Mohan is familiar with the nuts and bolts of television scripting.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – April 10, 2006

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