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a bit

1. A small portion, degree, or amount. It got a bit warm when the sun started shining so I'm not going to need to wear this coat today. I forgot my lunch, can I have a bit of yours? I'm afraid I've caught a bit of a cold.
2. A brief amount of time; a moment. I should be over in five minutes, so I'll see you in a bit!
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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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References in classic literature ?
Crackenthorp saying good words, and more partic'lar on Sacramen' Day; and if a bit o' trouble comes, I feel as I can put up wi' it, for I've looked for help i' the right quarter, and gev myself up to Them as we must all give ourselves up to at the last; and if we'n done our part, it isn't to be believed as Them as are above us 'ull be worse nor we are, and come short o' Their'n.
But now, little Aaron, having become used to the weaver's awful presence, had advanced to his mother's side, and Silas, seeming to notice him for the first time, tried to return Dolly's signs of good-will by offering the lad a bit of lard-cake.
So then she softened down; and my heart like as it warmed towards her, an' in a bit we was very good friends.
Yes--wait a bit, and I'll make it clearer what I think ought to be done.
Your notion of a fowl is an ugly bird with a green tail, a Wellington nose, and--gimme a bit of cheese.
Well, Charlie stuck it for a bit, then he stepped forward and he just said: `Get out, you bloody swine.
It gives you a bit of time to look about and think what you'll do next.
The path led straight across the clearing into another forest, lying upon the verge of which I saw a bit of white.
We had to go quite a bit farther than usual before we could surround a little bunch of antelope, and as I was helping drive them, I saw a fine red deer a couple of hundred yards behind me.
But its most precious contents were two half-crowns folded together in a bit of paper, on which was written, in my mother's hand, 'For Davy.
Adam's niver touched a bit o' victual sin' home he's come," said Lisbeth.
You'll see bits o' green spikes stickin' out o' th' black earth after a bit.
It was a bit of simulated playfulness, but the bushman sprang back in evident fright.