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TOPIC: "be something of"

"be something of" #80

  • vtchk
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I can't fully understand the following sentence. Could you please tell me the meaning of "be something of" in the following sentence and some examples?

-Mark is something of a social outcast.

Thanks in advance,
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"be something of" #81

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"Mark is something of a social outcast."
"be something of a sth INFORMAL
used to describe a person or thing in a way that is partly true but not completely or exactly:
It came as something of a surprise.
He has a reputation as something of a troublemaker.
I have a biology question for you - I gather you're something of an expert."
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