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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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not a bit

Not at all or in any way. We are not a bit concerned about the impact it may have on our profits this year. A: "Do you mind if I tag along this afternoon?" B: "Not 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
If I was a lady wi' a bit o' money!--why, I know one as put thirty pounds into them goods,--a lady wi' a cork leg, but as sharp,--you wouldn't catch her runnin' her head into a sack; she'd see her way clear out o' anything afore she'd be in a hurry to start.
And so I wish you good-bye, Master Marner; and if you ever feel anyways bad in your inside, as you can't fend for yourself, I'll come and clean up for you, and get you a bit o' victual, and willing.
The Oakland Athletics got a bit of good news recently, revealing that starting pitcher Sean Manaea could be playing in the 2019 MLB season after all.
In a statement read to the panel, Vaughan Williams said Mildenhall was "putting on a bit of an act to get a reaction to get to crisis point procedure."
Colon pitched a bit in 2008, got hurt somehow and was let go at the end of the season.
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.
He doesn't dial things back in batting practice, either, so the team is working with him on pacing himself a bit more when hitting before games: doing a few rounds of situational hitting, say, rather than just blasting balls over the wall.
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.