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bits and bobs

Sundry little items, tasks, or chores. Primarily heard in UK. I'm almost finished, I just have a few bits and bobs to do around the house before we leave. I never thought it would take me this long to pack, but I have so many bits and bobs scattered around the house!
See also: and, bit, bob

bob up

1. Literally, to move up into view above the surface of something. Otters often bob up in this part of the harbor, so it's a great place to take photographs.
2. To appear, arise, or come into being quickly and/or unexpectedly. We thought the meeting was over until several questions bobbed up from the back row. The city is deceptively small, and acquaintances often bob up at the most unexpected places.
See also: bob, up

bits and pieces

  (British, American & Australian) also bits and bobs (British)
small things of different types Can you tidy away all your bits and pieces before you go to bed? I put all the bits and bobs I can't find a home for in this drawer.
See love to bits
See also: and, bit, piece

Bob's your uncle!

  (British & Australian informal)
something that you say after you have explained how to do something, to emphasize that it will be simple and successful You simply put on the stain remover, leave it for an hour and Bob's your uncle, the stain's gone.

not be short of a bob or two

  (British & Australian old-fashioned)
to have a lot of money This guy Lester that she's engaged to, he's not short of a bob or two you know.
See also: bob, of, short, two

bob up

Appear suddenly or unexpectedly. For example, I didn't know anyone in the group until Harry bobbed up. This term uses the verb bob in the sense of "to bounce," a usage dating from Chaucer's day. [Late 1800s]
See also: bob, up

bob up

To come to the surface quickly, especially after being underneath for a short time: I didn't think anyone else was swimming in the pond, but then someone's head bobbed up right in front of me.
See also: bob, up

been bobbing for fries

phr. [has] a really ugly face. (As if badly burned.) Look at that face. Been bobbing for fries, I guess.
See also: bob, fries
References in classic literature ?
Bob Sawyer had informed him that he meant to be very cosy, and that his friend Ben was to be one of the party, they shook hands and separated.
He's none so full now, the Floss isn't," said Bob, as he kicked the water up before him, with an agreeable sense of being insolent to it.
And then if the flood came, you know, Bob, I shouldn't mind.
I aren't frighted," said Bob, to whom hunger did not appear so appalling.
I've got a halfpenny o' my own," said Bob, proudly, coming out of the water and tossing his halfpenny in the air.
It's yeads," said Bob, hastily, snatching up the halfpenny as it fell.
I sha'n't," said Bob, holding it tight in his pocket.
You can't make me do nothing, you can't," said Bob.
But I'll make you care, you cheat," said Tom, collaring Bob and shaking him.
Tom's blood was thoroughly up: he went at Bob with a lunge and threw him down, but Bob seized hold and kept it like a cat, and pulled Tom down after him.
The pain from Yap's teeth, instead of surprising Bob into a relaxation of his hold, gave it a fiercer tenacity, and with a new exertion of his force he pushed Tom backward and got uppermost.
You may let it alone, then," Bob called out after him.
wouldn't," said Bob, getting louder, in a last effort to sustain his defiance.
Here Bob flung the knife as far as he could after Tom's retreating footsteps.
So Bob shuffled back to the spot where the beloved knife lay in the dirt, and felt quite a new pleasure in clutching it again after the temporary separation, in opening one blade after the other, and feeling their edge with his well-hardened thumb.