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  ( grittier    comparative)   ( grittiest    superlative  )
1       adj   Something that is gritty contains grit, is covered with grit, or has a texture like that of grit.  
The sheets fell on the gritty floor, and she just let them lie.     
2       adj   Someone who is gritty is brave and determined.  
We have to prove how gritty we are., ...a gritty determination to avoid humiliation.     
3       adj   A gritty description of a tough or unpleasant situation shows it in a very realistic way.  
usu ADJ n  
...gritty social comment...     

nitty-gritty   , nitty gritty   If people get down to thenitty-gritty of a matter, situation, or activity, they discuss the most important, basic parts of it or facts about it.  
INFORMAL      n-sing   usu the N  
...the nitty gritty of everyday politics.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    abrasive, dusty, grainy, granular, gravelly, rasping, rough, sandy  
2    ballsy     (taboo slang)   brave, courageous, determined, dogged, feisty     (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   game, hardy, mettlesome, plucky, resolute, spirited, steadfast, tenacious, tough  

basics, bottom line, brass tacks     (informal)   core, crux, essence, essentials, facts, fundamentals, gist, heart of the matter, ins and outs, nuts and bolts, reality, substance  

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