Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bits and bobs

bits and bobs
1) a random assortment of things or tasks
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    • do a few bits and bobs around the house/office
  • Analysis

    'Bits and bobs' can refer to either an assortment of physical objects; or various jobs or tasks that need to be completed. So, while you can say, "I need to buy a few bits and bobs, like pens and books, to do my work", you can also say, "When I get my pens and books, there are a few bits and bobs that need to be done around the office". The context will make it clear whether you are referring to things or tasks. Because of this difference in meaning, you can use this in any relevant situation, whether it's a social or professional context.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I need to do a few bits and bobs around the house before I go on holiday tomorrow as I will be gone for 3 weeks.
    2. Jane made sure that her son had all the bits and bobs he needed for his first day at school.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I just want to get these bits and bobs out of the way before I head to the meeting so that I can put them out of my mind.
    2. I am going to go into town during lunch to post some letters and do another few bits and bobs.
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