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According to Cambridge Dictionary, the verb "google" means

to search for something on the internet using the Google search engine (= computer program that finds information)

From a post

I did a bit of Googling and I seemed to find the kind of articles you are looking for by using the word "tips".

I guess it means the author googled a few times, such as, writing tips, writing articles tips, writing post tips, etc.

Consider the following two sentences.

the author did a bit of googling and ...

the author googled a few times and ...

I guess both of them pretty much mean the same thing and the former sounds more colloquial.

Is my understanding correct?

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"Googling" refers to the act of using Google and does not reference discrete searches. "Google" to refer to discrete searches is unnecessarily unweildy unless you're saying "I googled [search term]".

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No.

"The author googled a few times" sounds both incomplete and slightly incorrect to my ear. You Google [something specific], and it doesn't make sense to do it multiple times.

But to "do a bit of Googling" implies that you're going through the process with a few different search terms, or clicking through several results to gather information.

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  • googled his subject a few times over several days

versus

  • do a bit of googling to find some information he needed

= that's like: do a bit of swimming

if you use google as an active verb, it requires a direct object.

They don't these sentences necessarily mean the same thing at all.

  • I did a bit of cooking today.
  • I cooked my favorite dish today.

Are those the exact same thing? No, they are not.

To do a bit of [some activity] is idiomatic usage in English.

  • He did a bit of cooking in his younger years but gave it up in his forties.

It usually refers to doing some activity casually and is a typical spoken idiom.

People do a bit of this or that in speech at lot. It is not usually written as it sounds conversational and, indeed, is used in conversations unless one is telling a story.

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