Idiom Definition


the basic facts

Idiom Definition - nitty-gritty


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - nitty-gritty

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you ready for the meeting with the regional Vice-President?

Colleague 2:  I think so.  I've got the basic concept ready to present.

Colleague 1:  That's not going to be enough.  The regional VP always wants the most basic of details.

Colleague 2:  Then I'd better get busy and make some notes on the nitty-gritty of the project.

Colleague 1:  Good idea.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - nitty-gritty

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Have you heard the big news about Gina?

Friend 2:  No, I haven't but I'm in a big hurry to get to work just now.

Friend 1:  Then I'll just give you the nitty-gritty of Gina's latest escapade.

Friend 2:  OK. Just the basics, quickly, please.

nitty-gritty - Usage:


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nitty-gritty - Gerund Form:

Getting down to the nitty-gritty can be an excellent way to proceed with negotiations.

nitty-gritty - Examples:

1)  I also get into the nitty-gritty of retirement account rules, estate planning and strategic charitable giving.

2)  If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of the research that's being done, READ THE ACTUAL, PAPER.

3)  I felt the need to communicate with the RB audience, without getting into the nitty-gritty of " he said, she said ".

4)  For better or worse, crews are often reluctant to to explain the technical nitty-gritty of mechanical failures.

5)  We talk about plot, characterization, setting a scene, and all of the nitty-gritty details that go into the skill of telling a good tale.

6)  If you don't separate yourself from the mundane and the nitty-gritty, you might just micromanage your business away from success.

7)  Over the years I've struggled with how much of the behind the scenes nitty-gritty side of life I should share.

8)  Just understanding billing and cash flow... the nitty-gritty of how a business operates was especially good.

9)  The ice thus broken, she consulted her comment sheet for the nitty-gritty, and looked at us.

10)  The point was to get into the nitty-gritty of their student lives so we can get to know our end user better.

11)  Certain basic issues concerning the nitty-gritty practice of philosophy have come up again and again.

12)  You need to show that you understand the nitty-gritty of what it takes to make things happen.

13)  Or you can do detailed, nitty-gritty empirical work.

14)  I also get into the nitty-gritty of retirement account rules, estate planning and strategic charitable giving.

15)  Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty of things. Please read carefully.

16)  If you're looking for the nitty-gritty science behind global warming, you will find only a sampling in the appendix.

17)  But I'm not convinced that I need to go as deep into the nitty-gritty as Greg describes to get a toe-hold on a complicated subject.

18)  Fortune-500 guys who only talk about the big picture won't get nitty-gritty about the work you need done.

19)  Before you try to get all of the nitty-gritty details of the paper, skim the whole thing, and try to get an idea of the idea as a whole.

20)  There are many suggestions to try this or try that. But the nitty-gritty of precisely how to become more creative is seriously lacking.