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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 .Approximate Grammar:Someone, somebody, something, somewhereSomeone, somebody, something, somewhere are indefinite pronouns. They function in a similar way to some. We use them in affirmative clauses and in questions expecting a particular answer. We can use them to refer to both general and specific people or things. We use them with a singular verb:
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