American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal The specific or practical details; the heart of a matter.
- n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
- Uncertain, said to have been used at first by black jazz musicians, perhaps ultimately from reduplication nit and grits (finely ground corn), from Old English grytt, grytta ("coarse meal"). (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Linsey is a bright-eyed, 25-year-old blonde bombshell with a bubbly personality and some nitty-gritty pipes.”
“Whether this will ever translate to a real, nitty-gritty acceptance of these views on Amazon or Asimov's, however, remains to be seen.”
“Kenji Kamiyama succeeds in all the ways that Oshii fails: characterization, dialogue, depicting the nitty-gritty lived experience of the future.”
“I even help out our fisherman and do the nitty-gritty work.”
“They were all waiting anxiously to hear the nitty-gritty details, as if throwing up your guts was a major accomplishment.”
“Well, expect a bit of a lull as lawyers and accountants sink their teeth into the nitty-gritty details of these terms, some of which kept changing until the final hour.”
“The book argued that to win a war civilian leaders sometimes had to get really involved in the nitty-gritty details of how to conduct it.”
“There is an example of how we might investigate this ‘nitty-gritty’.”
“Between 1929 and 1950, the likes of Humphrey Jennings and John Grierson held a mirror up to the nation and made films including Coal Face and Listen To Britain that took up the nitty-gritty of public life in a way that was unheard of in the first half of the 20th century.”
“Oh yes, work: the writers 'conference afforded me (and the attendees, I hope) a great six-hour discussion with Mary Lee Donovan, Debbie Kovacs, Alison Morris, Nancy Werlin and Martin Sandler about contemporary children's publishing, from the nitty-gritty of getting an agent to larger questions about the future of the market.”
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