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nitty-gritty

(ˈnɪdi ˈgrɪdi)
n. the essence; the essential points. (Usually in get down to the nitty-gritty.) Once we are down to the nitty-gritty, we can begin to sort things out.
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In 1999, the duo made a series of highly successful but raw video diaries for television called Ballet Boyz, which showed the nitty-gritty of backstage life.
The Pink Pony Cafe, the Freedom Village Juke, Booba Burn's Place and the Evening Star Lounge may not come to mind as the hot spot of choice, but these juke joints--and not just any juke joint, mind you, but the edgy, nitty-gritty, unpretentious, ramshackle honky-tonks where blues and booze are essentials--are places that somehow seem familiar beyond their "thrilling otherness," as writer Richard Ford describes them.
There is no wish here to go into the nitty-gritty of who said what to whom and when but it is clear that Transport Secretary Stephen Byers, having lost the head of his press department and his special adviser, now seems to be losing the plot.
Son's focus on the nitty-gritty comes after a tumultuous two years.
It's time to see work--even the difficult, exasperating, nitty-gritty moments of work--not as something we need to be saved from, but as the very place where our true calling awaits.
Apparently, the words nitty-gritty are derived from the way slaves were packed into the bottom of ships before being transported out of Africa - which clearly makes it a sensitive choice of words if used in the presence of black people.
Services that pension funds will need include taking care of the nitty-gritty of administering corporate pensions--actuarial valuations, asset-liability valuation consulting and other trustee or custodial services.
Burroughs became an expert at syndication and subsidiary rights, the sort of nitty-gritty detailwork that most successful writers today find so distracting that they hire agents.
The central tenet of nitty-gritty hermeneutics is to present the full complexity of black life free from the stultifying grip of tradition.
Though diets rich in vegetables inhibit cancer development, Talalay's group is one of the few to execute "the very difficult, nitty-gritty studies" of the mechanisms, says Lee W.
In any case, he is not without some substantial insights, but with insufficient grounding in the nitty-gritty details of the artist's working methods and formal concepts, and the manifold breaks and turns these have undergone, those insights are largely lost amidst metaphorical murmurings that move uneasily between pseudophilosophy and pseudopoetry: for instance, "the fact that the collected whole potentially possesses a multiplicity also gives rise to a multiplicity of analysis.
Though they can wax lyrical over the nitty-gritty of macho, martial hardware, (these finite descriptions take up approximately half the book), the posturing of their major character--a fatuous hero named James Mannheim Martel and the flamboyant villain, Otto Skorzeny--are ludicrous.
In the nitty-gritty of the triple header, cars outperformed trucks in overall percent increases, while truck numbers still score higher.
It was a relief to see that they got down to the nitty-gritty, and that the speculative parts, such as global warming, are left to further review," she adds.
The thousands of pieces of nitty-gritty patient care, like the pieces of a puzzle, when properly assembled will reveal the portrait of a well, satisfied patient-customer.