do a/(one's) bit

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do a/(one's) bit

1. To do a small amount of something. In this usage, "a" is used between "do" and "bit." I was only able to do a bit of cleaning before your mother called—that's why the dirty dishes are still on the table.
2. To contribute work to that of others in a group. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "do" and "bit." If you don't do your bit with the slides, our presentation will never be finished on time.
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do one's bit

Also, do one's part. Make an individual contribution to an overall effort. For example, You can always rely on Anne to do her bit, or I'm anxious to do my part as a board member. [Early 1900s]
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do your bit

make a useful contribution to an effort or cause. informal
The exhortation to do your bit was much used during World War 1, but the expression was current in the late 19th century.
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do your ˈbit

(informal) do your share of a task, help a cause, etc: Everyone is expected to do their bit to make the business successful.In reusing this old paper I’m doing my bit for conservation of the rainforests.
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do (one's) bit

To make an individual contribution toward an overall effort.
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Kirkwood Hospice does so much for our community and I would encourage everyone who can help to do their bit too."
Our brave and cheeky staff, who took to the streets in nothing more than aprons reading "Ask me why I'm naked" reported overwhelming support from customers and passers-by, who were being urged to do their bit for the environment by only buying minimally packaged goods.
I can see her doing her bit for the girly struggle, quite oblivious to the fact that today's men go home after working anything up to a 12-hour day, do their bit around the house and give their kids the attention and love they deserve.
The public is starting to do their bit by having the courage to shop dealers.