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]
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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Example sentences from the Web for a bit
They're so ticklish ever since they got the 'abit, war-time, o' mindin' wot people said.
The perfect tense of peruenit conflicts with the following permeat and abit.
It ain't a feather-bed in the old house at home, but I've sort of lost the feather-bed 'abit lately.One-Act Plays|Various
Once yer git 'im into an 'abit, yer cawn't git 'im out of it agyne.
I 'ave the 'abit of observing things, and most soldiers don't.Captain Jinks, Hero|Ernest Crosby