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English definition of “be something of a sth”

be something of a sth

informal
C2 used to describe a person or thing in a way that is partly true but not completely or exactly: It came as something of a surprise. He has a reputation as something of a troublemaker. I have a biology question for you - I gather you're something of an expert.
(Definition of be something of a sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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