nitty-gritty

noun
nit·ty-grit·ty | \ ˈni-tē-ˌgri-tē , ˌni-tē-ˈgri- \

Definition of nitty-gritty 

: what is essential and basic : specific practical details get down to the nitty-gritty of the problem

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brass tacks, nuts and bolts, ropes

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First Known Use of nitty-gritty

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nitty-gritty

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the nitty-gritty

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The first known use of nitty-gritty was in 1940

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