Meaning of “a whale of a” in the English Dictionary

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"a whale of a" in British English

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a whale of a

US informal

used to refer to a very great amount of something or a very good thing:

That's a whale of a story.
Another thousand dollars would make a whale of a difference.

(Definition of “a whale of a” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"a whale of a" in American English

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a whale of a

a large amount of something:

A whale of a lot of other people were there, too.
a whale of a

If something is a whale of a thing, it is a very good thing:

Perry's done a whale of a job for us.

(Definition of “a whale of a” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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