Nitty-Gritty

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The important facts of a matter or situation, essential details of a situation, the core

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  • The word “grit” in the idiom means very minor particles of sand. Whenever someone tries to explain anything, he concentrates on the grit and basic points of the matter rather than wasting time in unimportant details. This idiom is used presently as a rhyming extension of grit. The word “nitty” has been added just to make it more rhyming and colorful phrase.
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A good scientist is always good at the nitty-gritty of the concepts.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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