nitty-gritty


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the nitty-gritty

The specific facts, details, or elements of something. The manager always likes to begin the weekly meetings with an informal discussion before getting down to the nitty-gritty.

the nitty-gritty

The nitty-gritty of something is its most basic and important features. Now down to the nitty-gritty. I've been fat since I was 14 and been on countless unsuccessful diets. It is easy to lose sight of your aims in the nitty-gritty of daily life. Note: Nitty-gritty is also used before nouns. Let us look at the nitty-gritty problems now.

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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The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media will help a library staff as a whole develop a comprehensive and effective social media plan: figuring out how to reach particular patrons (teens may be on a different platform than adults); earn social capital; and manage a library's online reputation in the long run.
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The weapons issue, they said, is resolved but the nitty-gritty of devolution itself has still to be sorted.
In most cases, the COO is the only other executive who will know as much about the inner workings of the company as the CEO, and in many cases, he or she will know more about the nitty-gritty details.
On Friday June 13, Region III chapter leaders met to discuss the nitty-gritty of chapter operations and development in Minneapolis.
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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.
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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.
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With this critique in mind, Pinn offers nitty-gritty hermeneutics, "a form of interpretation that is much more comfortable with the nastiness of life.