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Definition of the nitty-gritty noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


the nitty-gritty

NAmE//ˌnɪt̮i ˈɡrɪt̮i//
[singular] (informal)
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the basic or most important details of an issue or a situation Time ran out before we could get down to the real nitty-gritty.
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