nitty-gritty nitty-gritty

Definition(s):

  • (n) the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

Usage(s):

  1. They're getting nitty-gritty in their focus too.
  2. The Japanese were Asians, the book reminded us, and all Asians were our equals when it came down to the nitty-gritty of the daily battle for life's existence.
  3. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty of McCain's policy recommendations on climate change, he doesn't quite make it.

News

  1. Yuba County approves tight budget plan

    A proposed $180 million Yuba County budget, featuring a General Fund that has declined $5 million in five years and soaring health insurance costs, was approved Tuesday by county supervisors. But the board still has to dive into the nitty-gritty of the 2013-14 spending plan this summer, leading up...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Appeal-Democrat

  2. Live chat: Future Power Rankings

    Broaden your focus for a moment, past the nitty-gritty details of the schedules and two-deeps and likely storylines for the 2013 college football season, and ask yourself this: Which programs are most likely to be successful, not just this year but over the next three? That's exactly what we asked our panel of experts, and below we offer you the fruits of their labor: A top-25 ranking of the ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: ESPN Blogs

  3. The Dog from Call of Duty: Ghosts Is Incredible

    The E3 demo for Call of Duty: Ghosts was straight from the cookie cutter. We heard a few opening remarks, from a dude who dispassionately stuck the word “epic” into as many sentences as possible, before he turned it over another another dude, who started lecturing us on nitty-gritty graphical trickery. Tesselation! Volumetric lighting! SubD, which is short for “sub-divide!” Snooze. But then came ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Techland

Quotes

  1. "All those things tend to be part-time. You're not in the nitty-gritty, day-to-day, seven-day cycle of league football," said Leppitsch. "What assistant coaching does is prepare you for the hours you need to work and the time you need to...
    on Jul 11, 2008 By: Justin Leppitsch Source: Brisbane Times

  2. "If he's fit I'd play David because he gives us outstanding quality," said Wilkins. "Young players have plenty to offer but when it comes to the nitty-gritty games like the Croatia match - and please God I hope we're still in it - then you...
    on Nov 15, 2007 By: Ray Wilkins Source: ic Wales

  3. "We lost our composure in our zone (in the second period), and that cost us the game," Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray said. "Right now, we're getting down to the nitty-gritty in the schedule and can only look ahead."
    on Mar 26, 2009 By: Sheldon Souray Source: USA Today

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periphery periphery
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