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bite

1. verb To respond to an invitation or ad, often a dishonest or misleading one. I tried to trick my brother into cleaning my room, but he didn't bite.
2. verb To be bad or seem ominous. I'm surprised he was nice to you—he usually bites.
3. verb To steal or take something. Aw man, somebody bit my notes, so I couldn't study at lunch.
4. verb, slang To be annoying or disappointing. Oh, that TV show bites. This season has been so stupid that I just can't watch it.
5. noun A meal, often one that is small or doesn't take long to prepare or eat. A shortened form of the phrase "a bite to eat." We don't have a lot of time, so let's just grab a quick bite before the movie starts. Let's pull off at the next rest stop to grab a bite.

not a bit

Not a single, tiny bit; not at all. A: "Are you nervous at all about tonight's fight?" B: "Not a bit. This is what I've been training for." I don't get a bit of gratitude from my children for everything you do to keep them happy and healthy. That joke is not a bit funny.
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not one bit

Not a single, tiny bit; not at all. A: "Are you nervous at all about tonight's fight?" B: "Not one bit. This is what I've been training for." I don't get one bit of gratitude from my children for everything you do to keep them happy and healthy.
See also: bit, not, one

bit

1. n. a jail sentence. (Underworld.) Mooshoo did a two-year bit in Sing Sing.
2. n. a small theatrical part. (From bit part.) It was just a bit, but I needed the money.
3. n. any part of an act; any isolated activity or presentation. I didn’t like that bit concerning penalties.
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Bitting began his address by joking that he plans to create a "new Pabst" and showed slides of the new Pabst "corporate aircraft" (an old biplane); the new "corporate offices," (a phone booth); and "the new sales force transportation," (a herd of pack mules).
On a serious note, Bitting said "Pabst wants to be a credible company, but a different kind of company, and we think we are structured to succeed."
Bitting noted that 75% of Pabst production is now outsourced to Miller, and said this "virtual brewery" arrangement will reduce risk and optimize working capital.
Bitting described Pabst as "a lean corporate organization" and said the company has very little overhead, since many services will be provided by Miller.
Bitting assured wholesalers that Pabst will maintain a "disciplined volume/pricing dynamic...
Bitting said that possible acquisition targets might include Minnesota Brewing Co., Genesee Brewing Co., and the Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Bitting recently told the San Francisco Business Times that he expects these legal matters to be resolved by the end of 1999, at which point the company must be liquidated into passive investments within five years.
"My job is to maximize the value of the estate for charity," Bitting told the Business Times, "and we are nowhere near through - five years is a heartbeat."
Bitting reports that Pabst sales were about $450 million last year, and he is projecting sales of up to $1.3 billion this year.