a shade of

a shade (something)

Somewhat; a little bit; slightly. The software update should make is a shade easier to search for the information you need. I think we should use a mixture that's a shade thinner.
See also: shade

a shade of (something)

A particular hue of a given color. I think we should paint this room a light shade of green.
See also: of, shade

a shade —

a little —. informal
1984 Armistead Maupin Babycakes Shall we go a shade lighter…Pink it up a bit?
See also: of, shade