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The specific or practical details; the heart of a matter.
the nitty-gritty informal the basic facts of a matter, situation, etc; the core
[C20: perhaps rhyming compound formed from grit]
n., pl. -grit•ties.
the essential substance or details of a matter; crux: Let's get down to the nitty-gritty; the nitty-gritties of the negotiations.
[1955–60, Amer.; rhyming compound of uncertain orig.]
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|Noun||1.||nitty-gritty - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"|
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, gist, pith, substance, meat, nub, kernel, sum, core, marrow, heart, center, centre
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
bare bones - (plural) the most basic facts or elements; "he told us only the bare bones of the story"
hypostasis - (metaphysics) essential nature or underlying reality
haecceity, quiddity - the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
quintessence - the purest and most concentrated essence of something
stuff - a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative"