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bit

noun [C] (AMOUNT)    /bɪt/
A2 informal a small piece or amount of something: Would you like a bit of chocolate? The glass smashed into little bits. There were bits of paper all over the floor. She tries to do a bit of exercise every day.Words meaning small pieces and amounts a bit informal B2 a short distance or period of time: I'm just going out for a bit. See you later. Can you move up a bit?Short in timeTemporary a bit of sth C1 a slight but not serious amount or type of something: Maria's put on a bit of weight, hasn't she? It's a bit of a nuisance. He's a bit of a prat.Words meaning small pieces and amounts a bit... A2 slightly: The dress is a bit too big for me. That was a bit silly, wasn't it? I'm a bit nervous. I was hoping there'd be some food - I'm a bit hungry. Would you like a bit more cake? It's a bit like a Swiss chalet.Some and quite UK very: Blimey, it's a bit cold! And she didn't invite him? That was a bit mean!Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions bit by bit C1 gradually: I saved up the money bit by bit.Slow and moving slowly not a bit not in any way: She wasn't a bit worried about her exams. My parents were not a bit happy (= were very unhappy) about my choice. "Are you getting tired?" "Not a bit."Yes, no and not quite a bit B1 a lot: She's got quite a bit of money.Masses and large amounts of things to bits into small pieces: The car was blown to bits. It just fell to bits in my hands.Tearing and breaking into pieces very much: I love my son to bits. Grammar:A bitWe use a bit (of) or bits (of) to refer to quantities. The phrases can refer to both abstract and concrete things. They are an informal alternative to some, or a piece of or pieces of:See moreGrammar:Piece words and group wordsSee moreGrammar:Piece wordsPiece words make it possible to talk about a single unit or units of something which is seen as uncountable. Piece words include words such as piece, bit, item, article. We normally use them with of. We can use them in the singular or the plural.See more
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