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English definition of “the/a devil of a sth”

the/a devil of a sth

old-fashioned
an extremely difficult or serious type of something: a devil of a mess / problem We had the devil of a job / time trying to find this place !Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
(Definition of the/a devil of a sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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