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grammar is modifier

"of a sort" is a type of idiom

Definition

Indicates "having only some of the characteristics of something". Limits the scope of the word that preceeds or follows the phrase. Can apply to many things.

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of a sort illustration Now they wisely decline to give any specific figure at all -- progress of a sort, I guess.
of a sort illustration There is evidence that it is sort of working.