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the nitty-gritty

noun [S]   informal
 
uk
/ˌnɪt.iˈɡrɪt.i/
How to pronounce the nitty-gritty noun in British English
 
us
/ˌnɪt̬.iˈɡrɪt̬-/
How to pronounce the nitty-gritty noun in American English
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