a bit

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bit definition

  1. n.
    a jail sentence. (Underworld.) : Mooshoo did a two-year bit in Sing Sing.
  2. n.
    a small theatrical part. (From bit part.) : It was just a bit, but I needed the money.
  3. n.
    any part of an act; any isolated activity or presentation. : I didn't like that bit concerning penalties.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

a bit

  1. A small amount of anything; also, a short period of time. For example, Here's a bit of wrapping paper, or It'll be ready in a bit, or Just wait a bit. [c. 1600]

  2. Somewhat or rather, as in It stings a bit, or Will you have a bit more to eat? [Second half of 1600s] Also see bit by bit; not a bit.

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