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nitty-gritty Syllabification: nit·ty-grit·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌnidēˈɡridē/

Definition of nitty-gritty in English:


(the nitty-gritty) informal
The most important aspects or practical details of a subject or situation: let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of finding a job [as modifier]: the nitty-gritty details
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  • Kevin's all over the nitty-gritty details of the relevant documents.
  • It's time to break out of that shell and deal with the nitty-gritty details of your relationships.
  • There are other issues coming up as they work through the nitty-gritty details of this plan.
basics, essentials, fundamentals, substance, quintessence, heart of the matter;
informal brass tacks, bottom line


1960s: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with nitty-gritty

banditti, bitty, chitty, city, committee, ditty, gritty, intercity, kitty, megacity, Pitti, pity, pretty, slitty, smriti, spitty, vittae, witty
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