Meaning of BIT in English

BIT

I. adverb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a bit depressed British English spoken:

I felt a bit depressed because I was so short of money.

a bit of a chat spoken BrE:

Perhaps I could have a bit of a chat with him.

a bit of a cheek

It’s a bit of a cheek , asking me for money.

a bit of a misunderstanding British English

I’m afraid it’s all a bit of a misunderstanding.

a bit/little scared

I was always a little scared of my father.

a little/a bit nervous

I was a little nervous before the interview.

a piece/bit of cheese

Would you like a piece of cheese?

a piece/bit of chocolate

Would you like a piece of chocolate?

a piece/bit of information ( also an item of information formal )

He provided me with several useful pieces of information.

be a bit of a blow British English especially spoken (= be disappointing or cause problems for you )

The result was a bit of a blow for the team.

be a bit of a gamble (= involve a small amount of risk )

It was a bit of a gamble putting him on the field, but he played well.

be (a bit of a) minefield

Dating can be a bit of a minefield.

be a bit of a myth (= be not really true )

The whole story is a bit of a myth.

be a bit of a shock British English especially spoken (= be a shock, but not very serious or unpleasant )

I wasn’t expecting to win, so it was a bit of a shock.

be a bit of an exaggeration informal (= be a slight exaggeration )

It's a bit of an exaggeration to say he's handsome.

bit part

He’s had bit parts in a couple of soaps.

bit player

Although he was NRC chairman, Hervey was strictly a bit player in government.

blow sb/sth to pieces/bits/smithereens

A bomb like that could blow you to bits.

every bit as much as

I loved him every bit as much as she did.

every last drop/bit/scrap etc (= all of something, including even the smallest amount of it )

They made us pick up every last scrap of paper.

is a bit of a mess

Sorry – the place is a bit of a mess .

I’m a bit short British English spoken (= I haven’t got much money at the moment )

Let’s have a bit of hush

Let’s have a bit of hush , please, gentlemen.

see you in a bit British English (= see you soon )

threepenny bit

thrilled to bits/pieces (= very thrilled )

tiny bit

She always felt a tiny bit sad.

went a bit mad (= spent a lot of money )

We went a bit mad and ordered champagne.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

(a bit of) a mouthful

(it's) a bit thick

(just) that little bit better/easier etc

We have put together a few of the most popular itineraries to help make your choice that little bit easier.

a bit of a lad

a bit of how's your father

a bit of hush

a bit of rough

At the moment it looks more like a bit of rough pasture ... full of dandelions and clover patches.

a bit of skirt

a fair size/amount/number/bit/distance etc

But a fair number of them went on to greater things.

It prefers a fair amount of nutritious detritus.

Scientists must proceed cautiously, moving ahead only with the assent of a fair number of their colleagues.

Thanks to the inherently leaky nature of the water industry, there is already a fair amount of information to go on.

That involved a fair amount of travel.

There was a fair amount going on.

They'd have a fair bit of tidying up to do before they left.

You may also be involved in a fair amount of travel.

a little bit

He was even maybe a little bit relieved, because immediately it was clear that Ernie was what she needed.

I prefer to talk a little bit.

I really just did it for a little bit, and then gave it up.

There was, I suspect, a little bit of Otago isolationism involved.

a wee bit

Don't you think her behavior is just a wee bit bizarre?

As for the holiday, I agree with you, it sounds a wee bit unlikely.

He is hapless, passive and maybe just a wee bit smug.

It is a wee bit disconcerting when you can hear yourself think in a pub these days.

Monica is a wee bit overweight.

Reason I ask, Mr Rasmussen says you seemed a wee bit tipsy.

There is no label on the bottle, it tastes a wee bit vinegary.

We have been lacking a wee bit of professionalism recently.

You might be just a wee bit too clever for your own good now.

be a bit much/be too much

be champing at the bit

David is champing at the bit.

Within three months Eva was champing at the bit.

be falling to pieces/bits

The walls were all dirty and the furniture was falling to pieces.

But most of the material was falling to pieces.

The Soviet Union is falling to pieces; a bloody struggle for those pieces can not be ruled out.

There's a difference between consciously colouring a passage and not being able to control a voice that is falling to bits.

They would blaze into prominence just as the foreground planting was falling to pieces.

every bit as good/important etc

Barbara was every bit as good as she sounded.

Here, the Fund runs many family projects that are less well-known but doing work that is every bit as important.

If you looked through a microscope you could see that they had cheekbones every bit as good as Hope Steadman's.

In terms of predicting and controlling the social environment, high technology can quite clearly be every bit as important as brute force.

It is for this reason that good balanced design is every bit as important as meticulous craftsmanship.

It takes no more than five minutes and tastes every bit as good at the oven-baked variety.

The explanation is every bit as important as the numbers!

fall to pieces/bits

After he left, I fell to pieces.

As a result, now that the autumn rains were here, it was already showing signs of falling to pieces.

Being a super-duper well-'ard off-road jobbie, your machine can take a fair amount of punishment before falling to bits.

He hated playing agony aunt but he couldn't afford to have Hirschfeldt falling to pieces.

Supposing the union fell to pieces, these were the fracture lines along which it would naturally break.

The media seemed to be willing the marriage to fall to pieces.

The Soviet Union is falling to pieces; a bloody struggle for those pieces can not be ruled out.

There's a difference between consciously colouring a passage and not being able to control a voice that is falling to bits.

it's (a little/bit) late in the day (to do sth)

not make a blind bit of difference

not take/pay a blind bit of notice

For six years, the Government have not taken a blind bit of notice of the Audit Commission's report.

not the least/not in the least/not the least bit

quite a lot/bit/few

A better day today, Miss Lavant wrote in her diary, quite a bit of sunshine.

By no means, Watson; even now quite a few scientists continue to doubt.

I lived quite a lot of my early childhood at the Thompsons' house behind a shop on Harehills Parade.

Obviously, you have to wear quite a lot of protective clothing to minimise the risk of getting injured.

Over 296 pages, Fallows cites quite a few.

The man looks prosperous, like quite a few men.

There's quite a bit of noise coming from the kitchens.

There has been quite a lot of talk recently about adding enzymes to help the carp digest our sophisticated carp baits.

take sth to bits/pieces

After all these years, I'd taken something to bits and successfully put it all back together again.

Carter shrugged and fetching a, paraffin stove from inside a caravan began to take it to pieces.

He learnt how to take a car to pieces.

Most reputable dealers will take a computer to pieces for you.

Operators decided to clean down equipment regularly, not just superficially, but by taking it to pieces.

Unfortunately appearances has been misleading and heavy filling was found as they started to take it to bits.

the hair of the dog (that bit you)

with (any) luck/with a bit of luck

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

fair

In the past I'd seen a fair bit of Lloyd.

The uncertain nature of Internet connections still results in a fair bit of static at times.

However, top of range is top of range in both cases and professional instruments cost a fair bit .

I conduct executive searches for senior-level management, so I know a fair bit about how these companies are managed.

They'd have a fair bit of tidying up to do before they left.

New Labour comes in for a fair bit of his well-advertised stick.

Like Storie Russell also did a fair bit of coaching.

You do have to compromise a fair bit and I suppose that I would like more freedom than I've got.

little

Every little bit helped and I was encouraged.

So I smell a little bit .

But this little bit they don't know about.

I was normally not prone to astrological contemplations, but what harm could there be in a little bit of astrology?

Tansy didn't approve of me one little bit , what with being from the circus and not paying for it.

I crowed a little bit , but not much because, hey, I pick them to win it every year.

He had a little bit of money his father had left him.

Pittsburgh has gone to a little bit of a new look now with that wide receiver set they have.

tiny

But still easy enough to get it just a tiny bit wrong.

And maybe a tiny bit drunk?

Collect together sequins, tiny glass beads, tiny shells, bits of lace and braid and ribbon.

Which raises our opinion of Aldridge -- at least a tiny bit .

It made her feel strong, invincible almost, and just a tiny bit as if she had drunk too much wine.

One thing Abdul-Rauf has done is make us all think just a tiny bit .

There's something slightly unbalanced about the whole composition, as if there's a tiny bit missing somewhere.

She looked healthy and young and a tiny bit awkward.

wee

As for the holiday, I agree with you, it sounds a wee bit unlikely.

Reason I ask, Mr Rasmussen says you seemed a wee bit tipsy.

We have been lacking a wee bit of professionalism recently.

He is hapless, passive and maybe just a wee bit smug.

Monica is a wee bit overweight.

There is no label on the bottle, it tastes a wee bit vinegary.

It is a wee bit disconcerting when you can hear yourself think in a pub these days.

If you're not a lover of platform games it could be a wee bit tedious.

■ VERB

blow

It must have more than compensated for being shot down, or blown to bits .

He blew a bit of thistledown from the still-wet surface of his picture.

On a raid over Essen the aircraft was blown to bits .

The facades of neoclassic landmarks were blown to bits during the sectarian fighting.

A bus shelter feet away was blown to bits .

Eight of our people were blown to bits .

Every few months a child is blown to bits .

Auster laughed, and in that laugh everything was suddenly blown to bits .

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

'Would you like a slice of cake?' 'I'll just have a little bit , please.'

a 16-bit processor

Alan did the easy bit -- it was me who did all the hard work!

Have you got a bit of paper I can write your address on?

I'd like to try that cake. Just give me a small bit please.

I'll probably do a bit of gardening this weekend.

I found some bits of glass in my sandwich.

I was a bit late.

I wouldn't give you two bits for that old book.

My favourite bit is when they try to escape.

Some bits of the book are actually quite funny.

the bit of the garden where the fruit trees are

The jumper was very cheap - it'll probably fall to bits the first time I wear it.

There'll be a war, and we'll all be blown to bits!

There were little bits of food all over the carpet.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

All these bits and pieces washed ashore.

He circled the house, looking in, and saw nothing but the bits and pieces of ordinary living.

I hope this letter shows Rotties are not at all vicious but need a little bit of love and care.

I mean that you did whatever you wanted without the slightest bit of concern as to how your behavior might affect others.

I probably could, but I should get a bit of support from the script-writers.

The bloke was living a bit of a fantasy life.

The lantern swung on the beam, the glasses jumped on the table, and bits of earth fell from the ceiling.

They looked every bit as scary to me as I had heard that they were from adults and other children.

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