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nitty–gritty

noun nit·ty–grit·ty \ˈni-tē-ˌgri-tē, ˌni-tē-ˈ\

Definition of NITTY-GRITTY

:  what is essential and basic :  specific practical details <get down to the nitty–gritty of the problem>
nitty–gritty adjective

Origin of NITTY-GRITTY

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1956

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