quite a


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

quite a (something)

Used to signify something very significant, exemplary, or impressive. That's quite a car you've got there—how fast does that baby get up to on the highways? Working on this cattle ranch is quite a change from sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day. Thank you so much for having me over for dinner, this is quite a feast you've prepared!
See also: quite
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

quite a something

definitely something; a good example of something. The captain of the swim team is quite a swimmer. That's quite a bruise you have there.
See also: quite
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ˈquite a/some somebody/something

(informal) used to show that you think somebody/something is impressive, unusual, remarkable, etc: That’s quite some swimming pool you’ve got there. It’s huge!We found it quite a change when we moved abroad.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
Yyou used to pose in those days, quite a different style from today."
Lancashire all-rounder Flintoff, working up quite a pace, claimed two more victims in the second session and Richard Dawson and Ashley Giles also found success as home captain Sunil Joshi declared on 233-9.
Profit may be simple to calculate, but profitability is quite a bit more difficult.
No other director has ever received quite as exhilarating a tribute as Hitchcock did from Truffaut, and you can still feel Hitchcock's giddiness from the experience in the Cinema 1 interview.