a bit of a (something)

The phrase "a bit (adjective)" is similar in meaning to "a little":

It's a bit cold out.

It's a bit intimidating.

The meaning of "a bit of a ___" is the same, but you use it before a noun instead of an adjective:

I know that it's a bit of a risk, but I really think we can pull it off.

There seems to be a bit of a lag.

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