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nit·ty-grit·ty

 (nĭt′ē-grĭt′ē)
n. Informal
The specific or practical details; the heart of a matter.

[Origin unknown.]

nitty-gritty

(ˈnɪtɪˈɡrɪtɪ)
n
the nitty-gritty informal the basic facts of a matter, situation, etc; the core
[C20: perhaps rhyming compound formed from grit]

nit′ty-grit′ty



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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
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"

nitty-gritty

noun basics, facts, reality, essentials, core, fundamentals, substance, essence, bottom line, crux, gist, nuts and bolts, heart of the matter, ins and outs, brass tacks (informal) They are more concerned with matters of principle than with the nitty-gritty of everyday politics.
Translations

nitty-gritty

[ˌnɪtɪgrɪtɪ] N the nitty-grittylo esencial, el meollo
to get down to the nitty-grittyir al grano

nitty-gritty

[ˌnɪtiˈgrɪti] n
to get down to the nitty-gritty → en venir au fond du problème
the nitty-gritty of everyday politics → la dure réalité de la politique au quotidien

nitty-gritty

n (inf) to get down to the nitty-grittyzur Sache kommen; the nitty-gritty of everyday life/of politicsdie wahre Realität des alltäglichen Lebens/der Politik

nitty-gritty

[ˈnɪtɪˈgrɪtɪ] n (fam) to get down to the nitty-grittyvenire al sodo
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