SMALL AMOUNT › a small amount or piece of something: I wrote it down on a bit of paper. There's a little bit more pasta left. My favourite bit of the film is right at the end. The books are falling to bits (= into separate parts).
a bit › slightly: It's a bit cold in here. It was a bit too expensive. › informal a short time: I'll see you in a bit. She lived in Italy for a bit.
a bit of a change/fool/problem, etc › a change, fool (= stupid person), problem, etc, but not an important or serious one: I am a bit of a romantic. It was a bit of a shock.
quite a bit informal › a lot: He does quite a bit of travelling. She is quite a bit older than him.
a bit much informal › more than is fair, or more than you can deal with: It's a bit much to expect me to tidy up their mess.
bit by bit › gradually: She saved up the money, bit by bit.
every bit as › used to emphasize that one thing is equally good, important, etc as something else: The gardens are every bit as impressive as the castle itself.
bits and pieces › small things or jobs which are not connected or not very important: We've packed most of it up now, there are just a few bits and pieces left.
COMPUTER › a unit of information in a computer
HORSE › a piece of metal which goes in the mouth of a horse to control it