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EtymologyEdit

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).

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nitty-gritty (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial) The essence or core of something; the details.
    He gave a short summary without getting into the nitty-gritty of the problem.

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