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bit by bit

Incrementally; slowly. You don't have to overhaul your diet overnight—just start making healthier choices bit by bit. It took years, but bit by bit we turned the ramshackle house we'd bought into a home.
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little by little

gradually, a little bit at a time. I earned enough money, little by little, to buy a car. Jimmy crawled, little by little, until he reached the door.
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bit by bit

Also, little by little. Gradually, by small degrees, slowly. For example, The squirrels dug up the lawn bit by bit, till we had almost no grass, or Little by little he began to understand what John was getting at. The first term was first recorded in 1849, although bit in the sense of "small amount" is much older; the variant dates from the 1400s.
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little by little

By small degrees or increments; gradually.
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