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 Biston’ians.Bit (of a horse). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Bit.
 
Á piece.   1
   A bit of my mind, as “I’ll tell him a bit of my mind,” I’ll reprove him. Same word as bite, meaning a piece bitten off, hence a piece generally. (Anglo-Saxon, bitan, to bite.)   2
   Bit by bit. A little at a time; piece-meal.   3
   Not a bit, or Not the least bit. Not at all; not the least likely. This may be not a morsel, or not a doit, rap, or sou. “Bit” used to be a small Jamaica coin. We still talk of a threepenny-bit. Bit, of course, is the substantive of bite, as morsel (French morçeau) of mordre.   4
 


 Biston’ians.Bit (of a horse). 

 
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