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nitty-gritty, the

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nitty-gritty, the

adjective phrase

: a lot of nittygritty campaigning as well

noun phrase

  1. The most asi elements, esp when unwelcome or unpleasant; harsh realities: from what they call the nitty gritty and the grass roots/ the awesome and awful nitty gritty of today's urban condition/ and shifting from ideology to the nitty (1960s+ Black)
  2. Practical details

[fr the repellent association of nits, ''the eggs of hair lice, young hair lice,'' and grit, ''abrasive granules'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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