• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Grittiness The quality of being gritty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grittiness The state or quality of being gritty.
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Nitty gritty - If people get down to the nitty gritty, they concentrate on the most important and serious issues.


In literature:

A probe inserted into the urethra will strike against the gritty calculus.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Good boys and gritty.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
This was made for Andrea Gritti, who was doge that year.
"Intarsia and Marquetry" by F. Hamilton Jackson
When it gets hard or gritty burn it at once and get a new one, or it may be used by mistake and make a mess.
"The Candy Maker's Guide" by Fletcher Manufacturing Company
Occasionally he fell into a waking, gritty-eyed stupor; but he never slept.
"The Planet with No Nightmare" by Jim Harmon
Burying one another in the sand is good at the time, but gritty afterward.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Will threw himself down on his face, clutching with his fingers at the gritty dirt.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 9" by Various
Fruit often very large, but coarse and gritty.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
There was a gritty metallic powder.
"The Invaders" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
And yet this is a gritty sort of sapling to stand up here and grow and grow.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter

In poetry:

The sword, the lance,
The morris dance,
The highland song, the greenwood ditty,
Of these I read,
Or, when the need,
My Miller grinds me grist that's gritty!
"De Amicitiis" by Eugene Field

In news:

The story and cinematography are gritty and the portraits of the characters are impressively human.
We're getting down to the nitty gritty in the high school basketball season.
Despite gritty road win over Bengals, 'nothing changed on the totem pole' as far as Cowboys playoff chances.
Farrell was 24 when he starred in Joel Schumacher's "Tigerland," a gritty Vietnam War drama that earned him critical respect.
Walking into Jack's Southern Comfort Food is like stepping from gritty Lowest Greenville Avenue into a small cafe in a tiny Texas town.
Hockey fans from both sides of the Hudson are gearing up Monday for a Rangers-Devils series likely to be a gritty throwdown on ice in both midtown and Newark.
The nitty-gritty analysis of the Xs and Os of actual games has given way to fairytales and dramas surrounding individual players and even world events.
Rowling's new book: Gritty and darkly humorous.
Rowling has written a gritty and darkly humorous tale of ugly realities in a pretty English village.
They want it to operate in cold, slimy environments and dry, gritty spaces—and be energy efficient, too.
'Dredd 3D' is a gritty love child of 'Robocop' and ' Die Hard '.
'Dredd 3D' is a gritty love child of 'Robocop' and 'Die Hard'.
Movie-made Chicago: Gritty '70s- and '80s-era films define the city.
Take its location on Riverfront — nee Industrial — Boulevard, a part of town where gritty would be a big step up.
Gritty overtime win indicates more toughness than last season for Aggies.

In science:

At no stage of our presentation we care about the detail ’nitty-gritty’ of the nature of the gravitating bodies with which the gravitation field is associated.
Complex aspects of gravity