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    Dear all!
    What is the exact meaning of "bit" in the following passage? It is from the book “Persian Gulf Command” by Ashley Jackson, p. 146. I don't know whether it means "slightly" or "never". It is about the Allied invasion to Iran in 1941.

    She (Persia) must get rid of her 5–8,000 German ‘technicians’. We really want not only that but physical control over the Anglo- Persian Oil Company oilfields and the refinery at Abadan. That means employing a division and a cavalry brigade who are now being concentrated near Basra, partly as a threat and partly for use. The position is complicated by that fact
    that the Russians want to be in on the party. If we go in from the south they want to come from the north. India doesn’t like that idea a bit – no more will Turkey.

    Many thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 28-Oct-2020 at 22:27. Reason: bolding 'a bit'

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    Quote Originally Posted by pars View Post
    What is the exact meaning of "a bit" in the following passage? ...
    It means India does not like that idea at all. It does not even like it slightly. There's nothing in that idea that India likes.

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    Re: bit

    In the quotation, "a bit" means the same thing as "at all". There's nothing that I like about the idea.
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    I would say "not a bit" (the "not" is in "doesn't") means the same as "at all".

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    Re: bit

    Say:

    It is about the Allied invasion of Iran.
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    Re: bit

    You'll also see/hear 'I don't like that idea one bit'. [link]

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