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  • adv. A small amount at a time

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a gradual manner
  • adv. a little bit at a time


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  • If he was stupid, he'd sell his half-keg bit by bit to the Reds.

    He Don't Know Him

  • Hunters, and fur-traders, and settlers followed them, and bit by bit the West became known and peopled.

    This Country of Ours: The Story of the United States

  • Right now, judging by the amount of nanites found in your blood cells, there are roughly three hundred billion of my little friends tearing you down bit by bit at the molecular levels as we speak.

    Time Was

  • Eventually, she began buying the woods and the surrounding meadows bit by bit as a way of preserving them in their wild state, and had an elegant wooden shed from Boulton & Paul’s joinery in Norwich erected next door to the brickmaker’s cottage where Veronica and Rosemary now come to stay.


  • Every word sank like lead on Hetty’s spirits; she saw the journey stretch bit by bit before her now.

    Adam Bede

  • Impatient with the troubles of taking things bit by bit into the sky, they had worked out a bfflionton rocket, only to find that it ruined whatever countryside it touched in landing.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame


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