Definition of a cow of a —— in English:

a cow of a ——

phrase

NZ
informal
  • A situation that is unpleasant or very difficult to deal with:

    ‘he's had a cow of a season’
    • ‘It did work quite well once it was finally set up, but that it was a cow of a job to get there.’
    • ‘It was a cow of a time on the Pyrenean roads of the Tour de France.’
    • ‘The shooting with the Bren was rotten and on the whole I had a cow of a day as an instructor.’
    • ‘It's a cow of an idea but it works.’
    • ‘One of them has had a cow of a day.’