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    do one's bit

    Can a written-above idiom mean that somebody does what the situation demands him to do or to do one's part out of blue?

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    Re: do one's bit

    Quote Originally Posted by PINKGREAT View Post
    Can a written-above idiom mean that somebody does what the situation demands him to do or to do one's part out of blue?
    hi,
    It means, as you rightly say, "To do what the situation demands."


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    Re: do one's bit

    It means to make a useful contribution to an effort or cause , usually with the sense of English understatement and modesty, hence 'bit', implying 'small' contribution even when it might be "the ultimate sacrifice": it was often said of each person in Britain during WW II, to 'do one's bit' to help win the war. As you can imagine, this equally applies from those giving their lives, down to those at home growing vegetables to feed the nation - each did his bit.

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    Re: do one's bit

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    It means to make a useful contribution to an effort or cause , usually with the sense of English understatement and modesty, hence 'bit', implying 'small' contribution even when it might be "the ultimate sacrifice": it was often said of each person in Britain during WW II, to 'do one's bit' to help win the war. As you can imagine, this equally applies from those giving their lives, down to those at home growing vegetables to feed the nation - each did his bit.
    Thanks for the expanded and more detailed explanation.

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