Synonyms of nitty-gritty
basicsDictionary (informal) • They are more concerned with matters of principle than with the nitty-gritty of everyday politics.
core • He has the ability to get straight to the core of a problem.
fundamentals • teaching small children the fundamentals of road safety
substance • The substance of his discussions doesn't really matter.
essence • Some claim that Ireland's very essence is expressed through its language.
crux • He said the crux of the matter was economic policy.
gist • He related the gist of his conversation to us.
nuts and bolts • Social skills are the nuts and bolts of social interaction.
heart of the matter
ins and outs
brass tacks (informal)
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coreThe core of something such as a problem or an issue is the part of it that has to be understood or accepted before the whole thing can be understood or dealt with.
• He has the ability to get straight to the core of a problem.
cruxThe crux of a problem or argument is the most important or difficult part of it which affects everything else.
• He said the crux of the matter was economic policy.
• Some claim that Ireland's very essence is expressed through its language.
Thesaurus for nitty-gritty from the Collins English Thesaurus
If people get down to the nitty-gritty of a matter, situation, or activity, they discuss the most important, basic parts of it or facts about it.