nitty-gritty
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1956 what is essential and basic ; specific practical details <
get down to the nitty-gritty of the problem
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nitty-gritty adjective

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  • Nitty-gritty — Nitty gritty, Nitty Gritty, etc may refer to: Nitty Gritty (1957 1991), Jamaican reggae singer Nitty Gritty (song), a 1963 song recorded by Shirley Ellis Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, an American country music band See also Nitty (disambiguation) This… …   Wikipedia

  • Nitty Gritty — (de son vrai nom Glen Augustus Holness), (1957 à Kingston 24 juin 1991 à Brooklyn, New York aux États Unis) est un chanteur reggae jamaïcain. Nitty Gritty émergea avec les nouveaux rythmes digitaux, aux côtés de Tenor Saw, King Kong et Anthony… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • nitty gritty — If people get down to the nitty gritty, they concentrate on the most important and serious issues …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • nitty-gritty — (n.) basic facts, 1961, knitty gritty, American English, said to have been chiefly used by black jazz musicians, perhaps ultimately from nit and grits finely ground corn. As an adjective from 1966 …   Etymology dictionary

  • nitty-gritty — [n] heart of the matter basics, bottom line*, chief part, chief thing, core, essential part, focus, fundamentals, gist, important matter, nuts and bolts*, root, the facts*; concepts 442,668,826 …   New thesaurus

  • nitty-gritty — ► NOUN informal ▪ the most important aspects or practical details of a matter. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • nitty-gritty — ☆ nitty gritty [nit′ē grit′ē ] n. [orig. black slang: rhyming euphemism for shitty] Slang the actual, basic facts, elements, issues, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Nitty Gritty — This article is about the singer. For other uses, see Nitty gritty. Nitty Gritty Birth name Glen Augustus Holness Born 1957 Origin Kingston, Jamaica Died 24 June 1991 …   Wikipedia

  • nitty-gritty — /nit ee grit ee/, Slang. n. 1. the essential substance or details of a matter; basics; crux: Let s skip the chitchat and get down to the nitty gritty. adj. 2. fundamental, detailed, or probing: nitty gritty questions. 3. direct and practical:… …   Universalium

  • nitty-gritty — [[t]nɪ̱ti grɪ̱ti[/t]] also nitty gritty N SING: usu the N If people get down to the nitty gritty of a matter, situation, or activity, they discuss the most important, basic parts of it or facts about it. [INFORMAL] The city s newspapers still… …   English dictionary

  • nitty-gritty — noun informal the nitty gritty the basic and practical facts of a subject or activity: get down to the nitty gritty: Let s get down to the nitty gritty and work out the costs, shall we? …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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