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the gory details

The specific (perhaps lurid, explicit, or gritty) details in an account of something. Stacy went to Kim's party, and she better give us the gory details.
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the gory details

the explicit details of something.
1988 David Carpenter God's Bedfellows She starts telling me some of the gory details…it was cancer…and everybody knew he was dying.
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gory details, the

Unpleasant particulars. The word gore, from Old English and German words meaning blood that had been shed and clotted, came to denote, by extension, murder, bloodshed, and other kinds of violence. It was so used by Dickens in Barnaby Rudge (1841), “Something will come of this. I hope it mayn’t be human gore.” Literally, therefore, gory details means “bloody details,” but despite violence being by no means obsolete, the term has been transferred to mean the unpleasant particulars of just about anything, ranging from a business transaction to a divorce. It is also used ironically for any details, whether pleasant or not.
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It may not quite live up to the hype that was generated by its stunning teaser trailer, but Dead Island still manages to be gorily good fun.
Snyder visualizes the mayhem as graphically and gorily as possible.
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A dedicatedly over-the-top, gorily comic approach a la Sam Raimi's first two "Evil Dead" pics would have been fine.
This urban slant on America's bloody history has rarely been seen before, but it's tackled here with gorily intense relish by director Martin Scorsese in this powerful period drama based on true stories of the time.
In The Revenge, Roy Scheider wisely having exited gorily in No 2, his widow Ellen, played by Lorraine Grey, gets away from it all - by going to live in the shark-infested Caribbean.