Meaning of “the nitty-gritty” in the English Dictionary

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"the nitty-gritty" in British English

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the nitty-grittynoun [ S ]

uk /ˌnɪt.iˈɡrɪt.i/ us /ˌnɪt̬.iˈɡrɪt̬.i/ informal

the basic facts of a situation:

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty - how much will it cost?

(Definition of “the nitty-gritty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nitty-grittynoun [ U ]

us /ˈnɪt̬·iˈɡrɪt̬·i/ infml

the basic facts of a situation:

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the actual building costs.

(Definition of “nitty-gritty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)