bit

noun (esp. BrE)
1 a bit small amount
ADJECTIVE
little, teensy (informal), wee (esp. BrE)

He helped me a little bit in the afternoon.

PHRASES
just a bit

I'm still just a bit confused.

not the least bit

I'm not the least bit interested in football.

2 a bit large amount
ADJECTIVE
fair, good

It rained a fair bit during the night.

We made a good bit of progress.

VERB + A BIT
take

The new system will take quite a bit of getting used to (= it will take a long time to get used to).

PHRASES
quite a bit

It rained quite a bit during the night.

just a bit (ironic)

‘Has it been difficult for you at work?’ ‘Just a bit (= it has been very difficult).’

3 part/piece of sth
ADJECTIVE
little, small, tiny
big, large

A big bit of stone had fallen off the wall.

good, nice

The best bit of the trip was seeing the Grand Canyon.

I've bought a nice bit of fish for dinner.

boring, interesting

I read it, but I skipped the boring bits.

odd

He managed to get odd bits of work, but no regular job.

VERB + BIT
pick out, pick up

Listen to the interview again and pick out the bits you want to use in the article.

I picked up a bit of information that might interest you.

BIT + VERB
fall off

I'm worried because bits keep falling off my car.

PREPOSITION
bit of
PHRASES
bits and bobs, bits and pieces (= small items of various kinds) (both BrE, informal)

My mother has some bits and pieces to give you.

blow sth to bits, pull sth to bits, smash sth to bits

All the crockery had been smashed to bits.

do your bit (= do your share of a task) (informal)

We can finish this job on time if everyone does their bit.

fall to bits (BrE)

My briefcase eventually fell to bits.


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