My friend just told me lunch in a bit, I think that means have lunch for little bit, and I googled the meaning of "lunch in" and "in a bit", but couldn't find the answer, anyone could answer this question? Thanks so much!

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In a bit is a vague time expression that means "sometime later."

X in a bit doesn't refer to the duration of X, but the fact that X will happen at a later time.

You can say "X for a bit" to refer to the duration of X similarly.

I'll be available in a bit. (I will be available sometime later, not an exact or determinate time)

I am available for a bit. (I am currently available for a short amount of time, not an exact or determinate amount of time)

I'll be available for a bit. (At some point in the future, I will be available for a short, indeterminate amount of time.)

This is similar to "in a while/for a while".

  • Worth noting that it's quite informal. You probably wouldn't say this to business contacts that you don't know very well. – JavaLatte Feb 13 '18 at 12:15

The phrase "lunch in a bit" is typically an invitation to lunch, the meal typically eaten at midday, in a short time (time denoted with the word "bit"). With the question mark omitted I can understand your confusion.

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    as a statement it’s usually interpreted as “I’ll be ready for lunch in a short while.” as a question it’s “would you be ready to go to lunch in a short while?” – Jim Jan 21 '17 at 21:28
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    One can't really say that it's an "invitation" without some context. If the guy says "I'm going to lunch in a bit" it doesn't imply that you're invited. – Hot Licks Jan 22 '17 at 3:24

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