warp and woof
a) The threads in a woven fabric, comprised of the warp (threads running lengthwise) and woof (threads running crosswise) to create a the texture of the fabric.

The warp and woof of our lives, sensible, sensitive, a veritable 911, she was called upon whenever something went wrong.

b) The fundamental structure of any process or system.

He unconsciously uses the fitting word and phrase to designate the situation in which he finds himself, thus the fitting word and phrase, the well-chosen modifier and forcible verb become part of the warp and woof of his speech.

Syn: warp and weft

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