Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(get down to) the nitty-gritty

(get down to) the nitty-gritty
Meaning(s)
1) focus on the most important or basic aspect(s) of something
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    • let's get down to the nitty-gritty of it
  • Analysis

    'Nitty-gritty' refers to the basic specific details of something. When you 'get down to the nitty-gritty' you discuss the main point of something or get to the essential information.

  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Our manager likes to start every meeting with an informal chat before getting down to the nitty-gritty.
    2. Your proposal sounds great, but let's get down to the nitty-gritty. How much is all this going to cost?
    3. Once we stopped soft-pedaling the issue and instead got down to the nitty-gritty of it, we found a solution quite quickly.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty. How much money are you willing to sell the car for?
    2. Let me show you the room and the apartment and then we can discuss the nitty-gritty.
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