[+bread, cheese, cake] morceau m
→ a bit of cheese
[+paper, string] bout m
Would you like another bit? Est-ce que tu en veux un autre morceau?
a bit of cake un morceau de gâteau
to come to bits, to fall to bits
(=break) tomber en morceaux
→ It came to bits in my hand.
→ His car is falling to bits.
to take sth to bits démonter qch
to do one's bit y mettre du sien
→ Marcie always tried to do her bit.
(=a little) un peu
(=rather) un peu
→ This girl was a bit strange.
→ We thought he was a bit mad.
→ Be careful, the river is a bit dangerous.
Wait a bit! Attends un peu!
"Do you play football?" -- "A bit." "Tu joues au football?" -- "Un peu."
a bit dangerous un peu risqué
He's a bit mad. Il est un peu fou.
a bit too hot un peu trop chaud
it's a bit much, that's a bit much * c'est un peu fort
→ It's a bit much to say it's totally our fault.
→ "They want us to pay for everything!" -- "That's a bit much."
a bit of a [+mess, disaster, disappointment]
Sorry, the room's in a bit of a mess. Je suis désolé, la pièce est un peu en désordre.
This comes as a bit of a disappointment. C'est un peu décevant.
every bit as good as tout aussi bon (ne) que
→ My dinner jacket is every bit as good as his.
every bit as interesting as tout aussi intéressant (e) que
→ His latest film is every bit as interesting as his last one.
quite a bit
→ Things have changed quite a bit.
quite a bit of
(=quite a lot of) pas mal de
→ They're worth quite a bit of money.
bits and pieces, bits and bobs *
(=things) trucs mpl
→ there are bits and pieces from places such as Japan
→ I bought a few bits and bobs at the market.
bits and pieces of
(=small amounts of)
I did bits and pieces of translation work. J'ai fait un peu de traduction.
not a bit (mainly British)
(=not at all) [surprised, disappointed] pas du tout
not a bit of it! (British) pas le moins du monde!
a bit of
(=some) un peu de
a bit of music un peu de musique
a bit of luck un peu de chance, de la chance
a bit of information un renseignement
It's a bit of a nuisance. C'est ennuyeux.
a bit, for a bit >
(=British, for some time) un certain temps
→ That should keep you busy for a bit.
→ I lived in Spain for a bit.
Let's wait a bit. Attendons un peu.
[+programme, lesson] partie f
→ Now comes the really important bit.
→ That's the bit of the meeting that I missed.
bit by bit petit à petit
→ Bit by bit I began to understand what they were trying to do.
→ He painted the whole house bit by bit.
[+horse] mors m
to get the bit between one's teeth, to take the bit between one's teeth prendre le mors aux dents
to champ at the bit, to chomp at the bit ronger son frein
(COMPUTING) bit m , élément m binaire
bit-map , bitmap (COMPUTING)
(=bit-map image) image f en mode point
[graphics] par points
→ ... bitmap graphics for representing complex images such as photographs.
vt pixeliser, pixelliser
→ Bitmapped maps require huge storage space.
n (in play, film)
petit rôle m
adj (mainly US)
* de pacotille