He sandwiches tastier by spreading a little bit of cranberry sauce on the bread.

In the above sentence, is "little bit" redundant? Should it be either "little" or "bit"?

I checked the pair of words in books.google.com/ngrams, and the result was; google-ngram

language-tool says, "Reduce redundancy by using 'little' or 'bit'.".


"Little" or "bit" could stand on its own, but "little bit" is OK because it's idiomatic. It's not redundant the way "ATM machine" (automated teller machine machine) is.

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