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wait-a-bit

[weyt-uh-bit]
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noun
  1. any of various plants bearing thorns or prickly appendages, as the grapple plant or the greenbrier.
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Origin of wait-a-bit

1775–85; translation of Afrikaans wag-'n-bietjie < Dutch wacht een beetje
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Examples from the Web for wait-a-bit

Historical Examples

  • 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.


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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