Meaning of a bit of a — in English:

a bit of a —


  • 1Used to suggest that something is not severe or extreme, or is the case only to a limited extent.

    ‘I have had a bit of an accident’
    • ‘he's a bit of a womanizer’
    • ‘I mean, isn't that a bit of an extreme way to describe the detention centres?’
    • ‘That he is here at all, in this lovely parkland rising to the church in the trees, is a bit of an accident.’
    • ‘I'd forgotten to mention but I had a bit of an accident with Dad's car whilst he was away.’
    • ‘It was a bit of an accident going there in the first place.’
    • ‘He is simply a bit of an idiot, and to an extent a victim of his times.’
    • ‘I was in severe leg trouble, so the trip to Taunton was a bit of an ordeal.’
    • ‘Although this procedure is not extremely difficult, it does require a bit of an experienced hand.’
    • ‘Because we knew that it was a bit of a fiefdom at that point in time.’
    • ‘A bit of an unknown quantity for GB, Brent has plenty of pace and is a prolific try-scorer.’
    1. 1.1Used to denote a young person or one of slight build.
      ‘the lad was a wee bit of a thing’
      • ‘She was just a bit of a girl.’
      • ‘When I was nearly four years old I was just a mere bit of a girl.’
      • ‘I was just a bit of a lass back then.’