bit of stuff n.
1. (also drop of stuff, lump of stuff, piece of stuff) a young woman, usu. attractive and often out enjoying herself.
|Maid of Bath I iv: She’s a tight bit of stuff.|
|Works (1801) V 243: A Widow – a nice bit of stuff [...] a most lovely Piece!‘Tales of Hoy’|
|Jacob Faithful II 130: One night he says to me, ‘Will, come up and I’ll show you a devilish fine piece of stuff.’ So I walks with him, and he takes me to a shop where they dealed in marine stores, and we goes and finds your mother in the back parlour.|
|Sam Slick in England II 248: She was a’most a grand bit of stuff.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 13 Apr. 3/2 : He was in Pitt-street, where good luck threw in his way the charming little bit of stuff.|
|Sl. Dict. 84: Bit-of-Stuff [...] a young woman.|
|Mop Fair 159: I think of a little bit of stuff that I left behind in Nagasaki.|
|[perf. Marie Lloyd] Twiddly Wink [lyrics] ‘Where is the bit of stuff, sir, you met last year?’.|
|Sudden 68: She’s the prettiest bit o’ stuff this side o’ the Mississippi.|
|Caught (2001) 146: Thinking to himself, what a smashing lump of stuff.|
|None But the Lonely Heart 30: The girl in the swimming costume [...] Lovely drop of stuff, she was, and proper juicy. [Ibid.] 143: She was a right bit of stuff.|
|(con. 1912) George Brown’s Schooldays 140: I met a couple of bits of stuff during the hols.|
|(con. WWII) Soldier Erect 10: One spent one’s whole leave yarking it up some willing bit of stuff.|
|Glass Canoe (1982) 205: I’d latched onto a bit of stray stuff.|
|Belfast 112: It’s the only way we’re going to get a bit of stuff.|
|Out After Dark 6: He drove past them with a bit of stuff beside him.|
|Rasherhouse n.p.: ‘Ay Betty,’ a voice Mags had not heard before, shouted from a window. ‘Who’s the new bit of stuff in the Rasherhouse?’ [BS].|
|Hell on Hoe Street 215: All the bits of stuff in Walthamstow came round.|
2. a prize-fighter.
|Boxiana I 5: [note] The swell tinman, hooper [...] was considered as to size, one of the best ‘bits of stuff’ in the kingdom.|
|Fancy 88: Moulsey, whose turf is the sweetest to tread on, / Candidly owns you’re a good bit of stuff.‘Lines to Philip Samson’ in|
|Jack Randall’s Diary 41: The Fibber, the Touter, the tight Bit of Stuff.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 5 Aug. 2/3: The CAUSA BELLI was simply, ‘I’ll punch your head’ from one. ‘You’re not the bit of stuff’ from the other.|
|(con. 1851) Fights for the Championship 233: Harry Orme, a tough bit of stuff[...] defeated Aaron Jones.|
3. an overdressed man; an over-confident man.
|DSUE (1984).Subaltern’s Log-Book in|
|Sl. Dict. 84: Bit-of-Stuff overdressed man; a man with full confidence in his appearance and abilities.|
4. (also bit) an admirable person.
|Clockmaker I 155: I call him Clay arter our senator, who is a prime bit of stuff.|
|Snarleyyow II 32: ‘That lad’s a prime bit of stuff,’ observed Spurey.|
|Sam Slick in England II 113: She is a good bit of stuff is aunty.|
|Paved with Gold 97: I could see he were all there, and a rare bit of stuff.|
|Three Black Smiths in Darkey Drama 4 31: He’s a nice bit!|
5. (Aus.) a horse.
|Girl in the Brown Habit I 15: Nags that are practically untried [...] makes a fellow long for a real good bit of stuff.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 9 Aug. 26/1: The timber ain’t so extra ’igh, but still, its ’igh enough, / A haccident might ’appen to the smartest bit o’ stuff.|
6. (Aus./Irish) a tough, aggressive young man.
|Quiz and the Lantern (Adelaide) 5 Apr. 14/1: Yes, John, altogether a leary bloke, / And doubtless up to snuff, / You were a chip of British oak, / A tough old bit of stuff.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 207: The sort of fellow that [...] liked to hear himself described as a ‘great little bit of stuff’.|
to have sexual intercourse.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|