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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 ?
It was bobbing about on the Hump, quite as if it was having a game by itself, and he caught it after an exciting chase.
A second later they were rolling, splashing and bobbing about in the water, the horse struggling frantically to find a rest for its feet and its riders being first plunged beneath the rapid current and then floating upon the surface like corks.
returned Scraps, bobbing her head until her brown yarn curls fluttered in the breeze.
Broken-Tooth stopped teetering, but the branch would not stop, and his body continued bobbing up and down with the rustling leaves.
And Michael, seated on Steward's knees, eyes to eyes and nose to nose, his jowls held in Steward's hand's wriggled and squirmed with delight, flipping out his tongue and bobbing his tail in the air.
The water was carpeted with bobbing heads, and I stood up, as in a dream, and watched it all--the bobbing heads and the heads that ceased to bob.
He saw the watch below of stokers and trimmers bobbing out of the forecastle doors like rabbits from a warren and making their way aft over the rusty deck to the mustering of the port doctor.
Jamie had "trained" before, and was made a colonel at once; but Pokey was the best of all, and called forth a spontaneous burst of applause from the spectators as she brought up the rear, her cocked hat all over one eye, her flag trailing over her shoulder, and her wooden sword straight up in the air; her face beaming and every curl bobbing with delight as her fat legs tottered in the vain attempt to keep step manfully.