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noun bit pronunciation in American English /bɪt/
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  1. 1
    a piece or part of something
    1. a.
      [countable] mainly British a small piece of something
      bit of:

      There were bits of broken glass all over the place.

      bits and pieces:

      The wreckage was spread over a wide area in tiny bits and pieces.

    2. b.
      mainly British a particular aspect of something

      In general, I like my job, but I don’t enjoy the management bit.

    3. c.
      British informal a part of something

      The best bit in the film is the scene in the restaurant.

      bit of:

      Some bits of the jigsaw puzzle are missing.

  2. 2
    [countable] computing the most basic unit of information that can be stored in a computer
    See also byte
  3. 3
    [countable] a tool or part of a tool used for cutting or making holes in things
  4. 4
    [countable] a piece of metal put in a horse’s mouth so that a rider can control it
  5. 5
    [countable] [usually plural] American old-fashioned an amount of money worth 12½ cents

    two bits

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  6. 6


    [plural] British humorous a man’s sex organs


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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