a whale of a


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a whale of a

1. An exceptionally great or excellent. I had a whale of a time at Pete's wedding—I danced all night long!
2. An exceptionally large. Remodeling the kitchen will make a whale of a difference in the selling price of the home.
See also: of, whale

a whale of a something

(spoken)
1. an unusually good something Perry's done a whale of a job for us. We had a whale of a time, and we were sorry when we had to leave.
2. an unusually large something There's a whale of a difference between being a partner in a law firm and just being another lawyer.
See also: of, whale