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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.


(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.

nitty-gritty, the

The heart of the matter, the fundamentals. According to lexicographer J. E. Lighter, this expression originated in black English and may be a rhyming elaboration of grit, but that has not been verified. It often is put as get down to the nitty-gritty. Nat Hentoff had it in Jazz Country (1965), “Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.” See also under get down to brass tacks.
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HEAD LICE TREATMENSTS NITTY GRITTY NITFREE COMB THIS nit-removal comb quickly and easily gets rid of all head lice, nits and even live eggs when the stainless steel MicroSpiral comb grooves slide through hair that's been coated with ordinary hair conditioner.
Ang tingin ko lang para sa akin po, it would be interesting to know the nitty gritty part.
We'll save the nitty gritty for next month when we'll road test it but for now here's an outline.
Talking about getting down to the T nitty gritty on set, Jase admitted: "It's not really sexy, actually, shooting it at all.
The annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival's 2014 edition kicked off on Friday, with more than 50 bands ranging from Jason Aldean to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band participating in the festival.
My prime role at Nitty Gritty is to build strategic plans for the company, as well as ensure the implementation of the same.
Dont expect to find out the nitty gritty details of Papa Joes sexual preference any time soon.
Betsi Cadwaladr Trust have appointed 35 matrons (surely a euphemism for managers) to ensure improvement of services, rather than use the money for domestics, porters or HCSWs who are really coping with the nitty gritty of care services in the hospitals.
Sande's soaring vocal against the nitty gritty hard lyrics of Professor Green really complement each other.
But the Redcar Town Centre Partnership told us they needed someone to help do the nitty gritty - washing the windows of empty properties, painting street furniture, that sort of thing.
Bulging wheelie bins, A testament to our sins, Mountains of rubbish, cardboard city, Dazed at the prospect of getting back to the nitty gritty.
But enough of the nitty gritty, it also promises to tame crazy wind-battered barnets into sleek styles or bouncy curls, with the two Shine Therapy cartridges with shine enhancing moisturisers and Avocado Oil.
DEAR Murali (GDN, July 23), I wonder if you have enough brains to understand the nitty gritty of this nuclear deal for India.
And due to architects' frequent preference for design vision over nitty gritty details, there are always changes in plans.