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noun informal the nitty-gritty pronunciation in British English /ˌnɪti ˈɡrɪti/
  1. the most basic aspects of a situation or an activity that must be dealt with, even if they are unpleasant
    the nitty-gritty of:

    the daily nitty-gritty of running a company

    get down to the nitty-gritty:

    OK, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty – what do I need to do to get rid of him?


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