Definition of “be something of a sth” - English Dictionary

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“be something of a sth” in British English

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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 hear you're something of an expert.

(Definition of “be something of a sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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