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This page is about the conversational phrase a bit of a


You can add this to a description to make what you say sound more informal or colloquial.

For example

  • "I got a bit of a shock when I saw my credit card bill."
    "Me too. I spent two thousand dollars last month!"

  • "Do you understand economics?"
    "Not really. It's all a bit of a mystery to me."

Most often used with: shock, surprise, challenge, problem, mystery, disappointment, blow, mess, stretch and nuisance.

Quick Quiz

"The delay is causing us a bit of a problem." This means the delay

a. is causing a problem

b. isn't causing a problem

c. is a very small problem

Contributor: Matt Errey