[nit-ee-grit-ee] /ˈnɪt iˈgrɪt i/ Slang.

the essential substance or details of a matter; basics; crux:
Let’s skip the chitchat and get down to the nitty-gritty.
fundamental, detailed, or probing:
nitty-gritty questions.
direct and practical:
nitty-gritty advice; a nitty-gritty system.
(informal) the nitty-gritty, the basic facts of a matter, situation, etc; the core

“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.


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