English version

something of a shock/surprise etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsomething of a shock/surprise etcsomething of a shock/surprise etcQUITE/FAIRLY formal used to say that something is a shock, surprise etc, but not completely or not in a strong or severe way The news came as something of a surprise. something
Examples from the Corpus
came as something ofThe feel of his strong fingers enclosing her small palm came as something of a shock to her system.That she was shocked came as something of a shock to me, too.At the time it came as something of a shock.Even though I thought I was becoming immune to surprises from this species, what happened came as something of a shock.The tapes came as something of a shock.In this context, the impact of area-promoting advertising came as something of a surprise.Jim and his wife Jan have been married for 18 years and the baby came as something of a surprise.Some of their views came as something of a surprise.
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