the nitty-gritty

get down to the nitty-gritty

To become focused on the most important or fundamental aspects of a particular situation. The manager always likes to begin the weekly meetings with an informal discussion before getting down to the nitty-gritty. We eventually got down to the nitty-gritty and came up with a solution.
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the nitty-gritty

The fundamental 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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When the contractor of the project completed briefing on the housing project, the minister raised some objections on the nitty-gritty of the scheme and directed the PHA officials to re-arrange the meeting.
We're down to the nitty-gritty as the two lowest scoring couples compete in a dance-off, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.
Participants of the event will debate the nitty-gritty of the accord on a future US military presence in the country and advise the government on whether or not the deal should be signed.
The latter places emphasis on the nitty-gritty of legal practice, from civil and criminal litigation to labour law and the Deeds Registry Office.
Summary: The nitty-gritty of giving voting rights to overseas Paksitanis is being thrashed out, said Pakistan Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Farooq Sattar who was visiting Dubai on Friday.
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From job search strategies and discovering your work philosophy to the nitty-gritty details of creating acceptable use policies, New on the Job serves as a mentor for new school library media specialists.
She was always early, eager and ready to go, helpful in everything she did, keen to muck in with the nitty-gritty jobs and always willing to do more.
The author lays out the nitty-gritty exactly how the players align and go into motion, cadence, misdirection, and flip the line .
It will also provide the nitty-gritty details of BIDs (Business Improvement Districts), entitlement applications and preparing for the CEcD exam.
It's getting down to the nitty-gritty," said Albright, making his first national team appearance since suffering a knee injury in January.
Scofidio cites the need for unbiased and neutral direction to get to the nitty-gritty of strategic planning, problem solving, and teambuilding.
Plenty of competing titles say you should know these facts--few get to the nitty-gritty of just how to understand them.
You spot all the nitty-gritty details, like the brown beetlebug chillin' on the bark of that tree.
Business In Focus in Cardiff Bay gave me lots of advice on banking, accounts and the nitty-gritty of setting up a business.