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nitty–gritty

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

Definition of nitty–gritty

  1. :  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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