nitty–gritty

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

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 and Etymology of nitty–gritty

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First Known Use: 1940



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