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wait-a-bit

[weyt-uh-bit] /ˈweɪt əˌbɪt/
noun
1.
any of various plants bearing thorns or prickly appendages, as the grapple plant or the greenbrier.
Origin of wait-a-bit
1775-1785
1775-85; translation of Afrikaans wag-'n-bietjie < Dutch wacht een beetje
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  • I was busy all the afternoon in cutting ‘wait-a-bit’ thorns for a kraal.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Here the “wait-a-bit” thorns effectually checked his progress.

    Hunting the Lions R.M. Ballantyne
  • I was busy all the afternoon in cutting 'wait-a-bit' thorns for a kraal.

  • This kraal was situated in the heart of a vast thicket of “wait-a-bit” thorns.

  • The colonists of South Africa give the name "wait-a-bit" to this bush.

  • Many a man has been so detained in the Bush, riding inadvertently against the "wait-a-bit" or "lawyer cane."

    Queensland Cousins Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
  • Before recovering himself from a “wait-a-bit” thorn he had been left out of sight behind.

    The Settler and the Savage R.M. Ballantyne
  • "wait-a-bit thorns are worse than razors, Miss Gray," he elucidated further.

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
  • What do you think of a man who'll wander off a trail, tumble over a ledge, and get mixed up in a bunch of wait-a-bit like that?

    The Hunted Woman James Oliver Curwood
  • His nap had brought a return of appetite; and the wait-a-bit thorns showed the marks of his prehensile trunk.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for wait-a-bit

wait-a-bit

noun
1.
any of various plants having sharp hooked thorns or similar appendages, esp the greenbrier and the grapple plant
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