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CHITTERIN' BIT, -BITE, -CHOW, CHITTERIN(G) PIECE, n. comb. A piece of bread, biscuit, etc., eaten after bathing (Bnff.2 (-bit), Abd.16, Fif.13, Slg.3, Edb.1, Arg.1, Kcb.1 (-bite) 1940; Slk.1 1929, -chow). Also chitter-bite (Fif.10 1940). Cf. Chatterin(g)-bit(e), and Chitteriechatterie above. Slg. 1935  W. D. Cocker Further Poems 33–34:
Plump in whaur the billows invite; But, gin ye'd keep clear o' the hoast, Ye'll remember yer chitterin'-bite.
w.Sc. 1808  Jam. s.v. chitter:
Boys are wont to call that bit of bread, which they preserve for eating after bathing, a chittering piece. [Also chitterin piece, — chow (Jam.6 s.v. chiver).]
Gsw. 1877  A. G. Murdoch Laird's Lykewake, etc. 122:
The dives frae aff the laich spring-board, . . . The glory o' the “chitterin' bit,” Wi' hunger kitchen'd sweet.

[First element from Chitter, v.]

Chitterin' bit n. comb.

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