a bit of(redirected from a bit of a/an)
a bit of
1. Somewhat; rather; to some extent. He's a nice enough guy, but he's a bit of a dolt. There's just a bit of an issue with our Wi-Fi at the moment. It should be back on in a few minutes. A: "What is that sound?" B: "Huh, there seems to be a bit of an issue with our smoke detector. Guess it's time to change the battery."
2. A very considerable amount or degree. It looks to be a bit of a mess for the prime minister. We'll need a bit of planning to pull off an event this big. Oh boy, it seems there's been a bit of a misunderstanding with Helen's office. I'll call her directly and straighten it all out.
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a bit of a...(informal, especially British English) used when talking about unpleasant or negative things or ideas, to mean ‘rather a...’: We may have a bit of a problem on our hands. ♢ The rail strike is a bit of a pain.
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