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Can't get out of the bit

Posted by Joe on January 06, 2009 at 21:44

In Reply to: Can't get out of the bit posted by Robbie on January 05, 2009 at 15:09:

: 'Can't get out of the bit'. I just used this phrase to describe my day at work and my colleague had no idea what I was talking about. It means can't get going and is a fairly common phrase in Scotland (my colleague is English), but not sure how well used it is elsewhere. My colleague asked where the phrase came from and I was at a loss, my guess would be something to do with horses, but other than that, I have no clue. Any ideas?

In Scotland it means home area or home, even the farm area, also the a specific place, a spot,

An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language ...: To which is ...ý - Page 202
by John Jamieson - Scots language - 1879

also recall about a good Border Collies is needed to get the herd out of the bit....