- 1 1.1 (fragment, scrap) in tiny bitsen pedacitos or trocitosto smash something to bitshacer pedazos or añicos algoto tear something to bitsromper algo en pedazosthe critics pulled the book to bitslos críticos destrozaron el librobits and pieces(assorted items) cosas (feminine plural)(belongings) cosas (feminine plural)
bártulos (masculine plural) [colloquial](broken fragments) pedazos (masculine plural)she bought a table and a few other bits and piecescompró una mesa y otras cosas másbits and pieces of materialretazos (masculine plural)to be thrilled to bits (British) [colloquial]
retales (masculine plural)estar contentísimo
no caber en sí de alegríaExample sentences1.2 (small piece) (esp British)
trocito (masculine)I wrote the number down on a bit of paper
- With a few bits of cardboard, a light and a bit of plastic, Pratt's little model echoes both the reality and the dream.
- I've been trying to identify what bits of the blog work well (that these bits should even exist may come as a bit of a shock to some of you, I'm sure) and what bits don't work so well.
- One of the outfits means I will be baring bits of skin that don't usually see the light of day.
pedacito (masculine)anoté el número en un trocito de papel or en un papelitoa bit on the side (British) [slang]he's her bit on the sidees su rollo [colloquial]es su programa (Southern Cone) [colloquial]es su segundo frente (Mexico) [colloquial]1.3 (component part) (British) to take something to bitsdesarmar algoExample sentences
- They were Rris-built devices, requiring two Rris to power the treadle turning the shaft, but the bits and cutting blades were of improved carbon steel.
- The way to change the cutting depth of the bit varies among different router types, makes, and models.
- Align the pilot bit of the hole saw with the center point you marked earlier in the face of the door, and begin drilling.
- 2 2.1 (section, piece) to do one's bit (British)aportar or poner su ( or mi etc. ) granito de arenaI did my bit too
hacer lo suyo ( or mío etc. )yo también aporté or puse mi granito de arenawhile your father was doing his bit in France
yo también hice lo míomientras tu padre estaba en el frente en Francia2.2 (episode) bits of the book are quite goodalgunas partes del libro están bastante bienExample sentences
- As this is something of a landmark survey may we be excused for pushing the boat out a bit?
- If this means staying off the usual glass or three of wine per evening for a bit, so be it.
- Nanna was there so we all hung out for a bit and then she helped me dye my hair black for the party.
- 3a bit of 3.1 (some, a little) (+ uncount noun) a bit of peace and quietun poco de paz y tranquilidadwith a little bit of luckcon un poquito de suertea bit of saltuna pizca de salwe had a bit of difficulty finding a hotel
un poco de salnos resultó algo difícil encontrar un hotelit takes a bit of getting used tocuesta un poco acostumbrarsethey have a fair bit or quite a bit of work to dotienen bastante trabajo que hacershe went with them a good bit of the waylos acompañó una gran parte del trayectowhether you come or not won't make a bit of differenceda exactamente lo mismo que vengas o noit didn't make a bit of difference, he still did itno sirvió de nada, lo hizo igual3.2 (rather) (British) we had a bit of an argumenttuvimos una pequeña discusiónit was a bit of a waste of timefue en cierta manera una pérdida de tiempoI've got a bit of a headacheme duele un poco la cabezashe's a bit of an expertes casi una expertawas he ashamed? not a bit of it! (also US)¿que si estaba avergonzado? ¡para nada! or ¡en absoluto! or ¡ni en lo más mínimo!
- 4a bit (as adverb) 4.1 (somewhat) a bit fasterun poco más rápidothe town's changed a bitla ciudad ha cambiado algo or un pocoshe looks a bit paleestá un poco pálidaI drank a bit too muchbebí un poco más de la cuenta or un poco demasiadothat must be worth a bit!¡eso debe de valer mucho or lo suyo!we spent quite a bitgastamos bastantewere you worried? — not a bit¿estabas preocupado? — en absolutoI wouldn't be a bit surprisedno me sorprendería para nada or en lo más mínimoshe hasn't changed a bitno ha cambiado (para) nada4.2 (a while)un momento
- 5 (in adv phrases) 5.1bit by bitpoco a poco5.2every bitI'm every bit as disappointed as youestoy absolutamente tan decepcionado como túhe looks every bit the young executivetiene todo el aspecto del joven ejecutivo
- 6 (act, performance) [colloquial]she was doing her 'indignant parent' bitestaba en su papel de madre indignadaExample sentences
- I'm not sure about the getting married bit, but the idea of them going off somewhere holds a certain appeal.
- The only really entertaining bit was the thing with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.
- There's a stunning, uncredited sax solo and a quirky contrapuntal bit for the trombones.
- 7 7.1 (in US) two bitsveinticinco centavos de dólarhis promise isn't worth two bitssu promesa no vale ni cincosu promesa no vale ni un quinto (Mexico)I don't care or give two bits what she thinksme importa un bledo or un comino lo que piense [colloquial]7.2 (coin) (British) [colloquial] a 50p bituna moneda de 50 peniques
- 8 (Computing)Example sentences
- For example, is it important to discuss computer bits, bytes, disk drives and the like in an agricultural mechanics textbook?
- I now know there are eight bits in a byte, and 1024 megabytes in a gigabyte.
- The interesting thing is to watch them write a subroutine that counts all the bits in a byte, then ask them to make it much, much faster.
- 9 (of bridle) to champ at the bitshe was champing at the bitla consumía la impacienciato have the bit between one's teethshe has the bit between her teeth
estaba que no se podía aguantarestá que no la para nadie [colloquial]Example sentences
- You can also go shopping at the C Quarter Circle Saddlery for saddles, bridles, bits, spurs and much more!
- In the tackroom where the bridles, bits, snaffles, girths and whips were hanging on the wall, Jackson asked me about everything.
- It seems there are different opinions as to whether the rein attached to the bit should be left on, in addition to the direct one.
- 10 (on drill)Example sentences
- He's wearing a belt with screwdrivers, drill bits, spanners, hacksaws and nails lodged in every pocket.
- Drilling can be done with many of the same tools you use for drilling wood or metal, including twist drills, brad point drill bits, spade bits or a hole saw with a pilot bit.
- The trail down to the foot of the falls was all but vertical, a white-knuckle descent by means of chains and old drill bits hammered into the rock.
- 11 (woman) (British) [slang] [derogatory]tipa (feminine) [colloquial] [derogatory]tía (feminine) (Spain) [colloquial]mina (feminine) (Southern Cone) [slang]Example sentences
- He must have a young bit on the side.
- I was a grown woman, with children of my own, not a young bit thing with little experience of life.
- Or you have to sit right there and some young bit who has no training or teaching is letting their children scream for the sake of screaming!
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