to a degree

to a degree  {adv. phr.}
1.  {Chiefly British}
Very; to a large extent.
In some things I am ignorant to a degree.
2. Somewhat; slightly; in a small way; rather.
His anger was, to a degree, a confession of defeat.
To a degree, Mary was to blame for Bob's failing mathematics, because he spent much time with her when he should have been studying.
Categories: anger blame time {Chiefly British} {adv. phr.}