the gory details

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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But he struggles to get all the gory details out of Mel.
He relishes the gory details, never missing the chance to describe the various injuries which beset these true-life figures, from a damaged scrotum to maggot-filled cuts.
Moira is flabbergasted when Adam reveals he and Ness had a one-night stand and tells the vet she either confirms who the father is pronto or she'll fill in Kirin on the gory details.
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She learned what nasty things cheap clothing is doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being, and she provides the gory details in this book.
Then, just when there's a chance that history lessons may be getting interesting, the teacher stops and refuses to tell you the gory details.
Amazing Egyptians - with none of the gory details spared - is aimed at all the family and runs at The Bowes Museum until August 31.
It was a reminder that publicly traded companies have to disclose the gory details, but they don't have to put them in the headline.
It has taken longer than I would have hoped to get to this point - I will spare you the gory details - but it feels very good to be in a position of control and being able to decide how this record will be delivered to the world," she added.
Alerts are frantically e-mailed, conferences are urgently convened, and the mass media salivates over the gory details.
The "winners" must also allow the center to publish the gory details about them on its Web site.
BAD news travels fast, and the gory details of John Egan's misfortunes were laid out for South China Morning Post readers, fed the story from the British Independent newspaper.
The director of New York's Hayden Planetarium goes into the gory details of this idea in a collection of 42 essays.
The book includes maps of the Tiger Force operations area, a cast of characters, several photos, and the gory details of the Force's descent into being barbarous killers of civilians.