- Nitty-gritty is slang for the basic facts, key details or most practical aspects.
Knowing the date, time and place of a party are an example of the nitty-gritty of planning a party.
nitty-gritty definition by Webster's New World
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Slang the actual, basic facts, elements, issues, etc.
Origin: origin, originally black slang: rhyming euphemism for shitty
nitty-gritty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The specific or practical details; the heart of a matter.
Origin: Origin unknown.