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adjectiveadjective grittier, adjective grittiest

  • 1Containing or covered with grit.

    ‘her eyes felt gritty’
    • ‘a stone floor that was gritty and unswept’
    • ‘I was apparently indoors, though the floor was dingy and muddy and covered in gritty sand.’
    • ‘Everywhere there was desolation - trees black and bare-limbed and the ground covered with gritty black ash.’
    • ‘Blood is running freely from his nose and an open wound on his head, and he's covered in gritty, grey dust.’
    • ‘He felt like hell when he came back to consciousness, bruised and covered in gritty sand.’
    • ‘I kick up dust for those behind me and the gritty gravel sandpapers their wounds.’
    • ‘He ran a hand through his hair which felt rough and gritty.’
    • ‘Shadow areas often take on a gritty or rough textured appearance.’
    • ‘His forehead is pressed against the rough, gritty plaster of the wall, sharp against his nose.’
    • ‘The rocky, gritty soil offers perfect drainage, but digging is nearly impossible.’
    • ‘Limestone comes in a range of guises from soft open poured travertine tiles to gritty, rugged flags.’
    • ‘Feeling incredibly dirty and gritty, from all the dirt that she was covered under from her ride, Ari ran a bath for herself and scrubbed herself clean.’
    • ‘By the next day, between a quarter and an eighth-inch of gritty, gray volcanic debris covered everything.’
    • ‘Fill with stones until three-quarters full then top up with gravel and a layer of very gritty compost on top, about 3in deep.’
    • ‘When the hard anthracite coal is mined the very fine, gritty material is called culm.’
    • ‘The meatloaf was hard, and the mashed potatoes were gritty.’
    • ‘The rough stones jutting out from the gritty mud walls appeal to my visual and tactile senses.’
    • ‘Also, the underlayer of cement primer makes the ochre-gold acrylic surface look gritty and holds the tendency towards the decorative in counterpoint.’
    • ‘This time, the main concern was a significant ash plume carrying gritty pulverized rock and silica that could damage aircraft engines and the surfaces of cars and homes.’
    • ‘A grainy or gritty texture isn't considered a plus in the chocolate world.’
    • ‘The stuff isn't harmful in any way; it just tastes a little gritty and sticks to your teeth.’
    sandy, grainy, granular, gravelly, pebbly, stony
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  • 2Showing courage and resolve.

    ‘a gritty pioneer woman’
    • ‘Her courage, gritty determination and undoubted commitment to charity work is held in high regard throughout the world.’
    • ‘To claim that the All-Ireland champions performed badly on the day would do an injustice to the visitors' gritty performance.’
    • ‘Theirs was a gritty performance which belied their recent run of form.’
    • ‘The reason for India's good performance in the last couple of years was due to the solid performance of this gritty batsman.’
    • ‘England's qualification will rely on some gritty away performances and I feel they may be few and far between.’
    • ‘John produced a gritty performance just to finish, when others were falling about him.’
    • ‘Only a few metres separated the pair as they charged off the fell and in the 100 metre sprint to the line Till managed to get onto Fretwell's tail and each showed a gritty determination to win.’
    • ‘Of modern Australian batsmen that I have seen, the best was Chappell, who had great power and elegance, plus gritty determination when he needed it.’
    • ‘Some people I spoke to gardened under very difficult circumstances, but gritty determination was winning the way towards a beautiful back yard.’
    • ‘He's been a wonderful Captain, a wonderful batsmen, a gritty, determined competitor.’
    • ‘He's polite, asking permission to smoke; but still, there seems something very gritty and determined about him these days.’
    • ‘The same gritty determination holds true when it comes to answering a physical challenge.’
    • ‘His story is partly one of gritty determination, perfectionism and hard work.’
    • ‘Although seldom looking a danger they showed gritty determination to keep their line intact.’
    • ‘They will certainly be competitive because they have some pretty gritty characters in there.’
    • ‘In a typically gritty display they hauled themselves back into the tie and earned themselves another chance to progress.’
    • ‘The Western Bulldogs are both a very gritty football side and a classy side.’
    • ‘The general mood is slight shock, covered by a gritty determination to get on with whatever needs to be done.’
    • ‘If and when it comes to pass, then Carlow could become a very serious contender, given the gritty way they have played against several teams with full-timers on board.’
    • ‘He outmanoeuvred and overpowered the gritty Australian to race through the opening two sets, hitting the corners of the court at will with his heavy groundstrokes.’
    courageous, brave, plucky, mettlesome, stout-hearted, lionhearted, valiant, bold, spirited, intrepid, game, hardy, tough, steely, determined, resolute, purposeful
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    1. 2.1Tough and uncompromising.
      ‘a gritty look at urban life’
      • ‘It took the genre back to its gritty and violently uncompromising origin.’
      • ‘Australian landscape painting is perhaps better known for scenes of the vast uninhabited bush, or else gritty urban scenes.’
      • ‘This initial sequence of violence and sex is, utterly disturbing, gritty realism, set against a wider social violence.’
      • ‘His love of gritty realism and distaste for overblown production values go back to Blackburn, where Winterbottom was born in 1961.’
      • ‘With this film, Loach digresses from his usual gritty themes of social realism to pose questions of culture, race and religion.’
      • ‘It has that gritty realism that small budget English films are becoming known for, but plenty of lighter moments to balance the gloom.’
      • ‘This form of gritty realist cinema relies upon constant improvisation.’
      • ‘These images have none of the airbrushed niceties of much modern photography, and you pay for the gritty realism.’
      • ‘Right from the beginning of the pilot, what I liked about it was its gritty realism.’
      • ‘However, inmates still request the gritty urban tales.’
      • ‘But my appetite was whetted and I craved more gritty details.’
      • ‘The film has a very gritty, realistic feel, again lifting it above being a merely stereotypical genre exercise.’
      • ‘York Central is an industrial wasteland of the type favoured by gritty cop dramas.’
      • ‘Gritty political realities aside, what future do people envision for Yugoslavia?’
      • ‘The action takes place in a single subway car, and the company worked hard to capture the gritty, anonymous feel of the underground.’
      • ‘Shooting the entire series on location in Baltimore was an essential part of this rough, gritty feel.’
      • ‘The stories are mostly pretty gritty - loneliness, alienation and all that - but amazingly, the movie is so deftly handled as to never be too heavy.’
      • ‘Instead, they will experience first-hand the often gritty reality of big city life in what has been titled ‘The Alternative London Trip’.’
      • ‘The cinematography has a gritty, tough beauty to it.’
      • ‘As such, the photographs tell a collective story - one that is clearly shaped by editors who seek gritty and unflinching pictures.’
      realistic, true to life, unembellished, unvarnished, gritty, naked, bare, brutal, harsh
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