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  1. kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty(noun)

    the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience

    "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"


  1. nitty-gritty(Noun)

    The essence or core of something; the details.

    He gave a short summary without getting into the nitty-gritty of the problem.

  2. Origin: 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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nitty-gritty in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nitty-gritty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of nitty-gritty in a Sentence

  1. Harold Holzer:

    The seatbelt law and requiring deposits on bottles seem prosaic, but he liked the nitty-gritty things.

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  • Kern, WesentlicheGerman
  • जुओं से भरा हुआ किरकिराHindi
  • grundvöllur, aðalatriði, kjarniIcelandic
  • сутьRussian
  • nitty- வெறுப்பூட்டும்Tamil
  • özü, yüzü, meseleTurkish

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