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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 ?
Here's a bit o' net, then, for you to look at before I tie up my pack, just for you to see what my trade's come to,--spotted and sprigged, you see, beautiful but yallow,--'s been lyin' by an' got the wrong color.
Lors, it's a fine thing for anybody as has got a bit o' money; these Laceham goods
Harris and Jackson Bird had been recovering from Achilles and back injuries and were under careful management plan but with the Australia A's final tour game have emerged unscathed although a bit sore.
Macht does a fine job describing why the A's leader felt he could still win, despite the loss of greats like second baseman Eddie Collins, pitchers Chief Bender and Eddie Plank, and, a bit later, disgruntled third baseman Frank "Home Run" Baker.
And while it might be a bit too languid and bogged down in baseball stats and tactics at times, you can't take your eyes off his character who starts to win, despite the odds.
Sometimes, though, sticky sitches might get you a bit flustered and second-guessing yourself.
However, the experiment convinced him that they could handle grammar a bit beyond the basic stringing together of sounds.
A bit of foreshadowing started things: Dellucci led off the Rangers' first inning with a home run.
Their latest work continues to mine the one-on-one dynamic (homosocial rather than homosexual) but branches out a bit, exploring not just male behavior but what might be described as a masculine aesthetic.