quite the little


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quite the little (something)

Having all, most, or a lot of the qualities particular to a certain thing or type of person. The word "little" conveys an amount of irony or condescension. Look at you, fixing the dishwasher on your own. Quite the little handyman, aren't you? Wow, Sam raised $500 selling chocolate bars? She's become quite the little entrepreneur, hasn't she?
See also: little, quite

quite the little —

used when ironically or condescendingly recognizing that someone has a particular quality or accomplishment.
1995 John Banville Athena She was being quite the little home-maker, all bustle and frown.
See also: little, quite
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