the nitty-gritty

noun

Definition of the nitty-gritty

informal
: the most important and basic facts or details about something He deals with the nitty-gritty of running the department. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty and find out what happened.

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“The nitty-gritty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20nitty-gritty. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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