bit1 function word ***
A bit can be used in the following ways:
as an adverb:
We waited a bit, and then decided to go. (before an adjective or adverb):
It's a bit cold in here, isn't it?
as a pronoun:
She'd only eaten a bit before she started choking. (followed by of ):
I could use a bit of help.
Bit can also be used in many expressions referring to amounts or degrees, especially small ones.
1. ) slightly or a little:
I'm feeling a bit tired.
That was a bit stupid.
a bit more/less: The second interview was a bit less formal than the first.
2. ) a short time:
You'll have to wait a bit.
for a bit: Why don't you come and stay with us for a bit?
in a bit: I'll do it in a bit. I'm busy right now.
3. ) a small amount of something:
I'd like some sauce, but just a bit.
a bit of: I know a bit of German.
With a bit of luck we should be able to get there in time.
4. ) to a limited degree:
I used to fish a bit when I was younger.
a bit at a time BRITISH
in several small stages over a period of time
a bit of a something MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL
used for saying that someone or something has a particular character, effect, or quality:
It appears that my letter has caused a bit of a problem.
She's always been a bit of a mystery to me.
a bit of all right BRITISH VERY INFORMAL
used for saying that you think someone is sexually attractive
a bit on the side BRITISH INFORMAL
someone you have a sexual relationship with, even though you are married or in a serious relationship with someone else
every bit as
just as:
The newly developed medication is every bit as effective as the old one.
a good/fair bit MAINLY BRITISH
a fairly large amount of something:
We've still got a fair bit to do.
a good/fair bit of: He's lost a good bit of weight, hasn't he?
it's/that's a bit much MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL
used for saying that you think something is unfair:
Pay our own travel costs? That's a bit much, don't you think?
used for emphasizing that something is definitely true:
She's taking it all very seriously. Just a bit!
not at all:
It's not a bit like any of the other paintings he's done.
not one (little) bit
not at all:
I don't like what you're doing one little bit.
quite a bit INFORMAL
a lot:
quite a bit of: Your car needs quite a bit of work done on it before you can drive it.
take a bit of doing MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL
to need a lot of effort, skill, or determination to do
bit 2
the past tense of bite1
bit 3 [ bıt ] noun *
▸ 1 small piece/part
▸ 2 unit in computing
▸ 3 for cutting/making holes
▸ 4 for controlling a horse
▸ 5 coin/money
▸ 6 sex organs
1. ) count MAINLY BRITISH a small piece of something:
bit of: There were bits of broken glass all over the place.
bits and pieces: The wreckage was spread over a wide area in tiny bits and pieces.
a ) MAINLY BRITISH a particular aspect of something:
In general, I like my job, but I don't enjoy the management bit.
b ) BRITISH INFORMAL a part of something:
The best bit in the film is the scene in the restaurant.
bit of: Some bits of the jigsaw puzzle are missing.
2. ) count COMPUTING the most basic unit of information that can be stored in a computer
─ compare BYTE
3. ) count a tool or part of a tool used for cutting or making holes in things
4. ) count a piece of metal put in a horse's mouth so that a rider can control it
5. ) count usually plural AMERICAN OLD-FASHIONED an amount of money worth 12½ CENTS:
two bits
a ) a sixpenny/threepenny etc. bit BRITISH INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED a coin of a particular value
6. ) bits plural BRITISH HUMOROUS a man's sex organs
bit by bit
gradually or in small stages:
I'll move my things into the apartment bit by bit.
bits and pieces INFORMAL
1. ) someone's possessions or furniture:
We have a few bits and pieces of furniture, but that's all.
2. ) small individual things:
Then there are all the other bits and pieces involved in a wedding: invitations, photos, and car rental.
to do what you can to help, or to do your part of what has to be done
1. ) into small pieces:
The vase hit the floor and was smashed to bits.
2. ) very much:
He's thrilled to bits.
I love you to bits.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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