Definition of a matter of in US English:

a matter of


  • 1No more than (a specified period of time)

    ‘they were shown the door in a matter of minutes’
    • ‘We didn't have to wait too long though and got seated in a matter of ten minutes or so.’
    • ‘Police have condemned the youngsters involved in at least four incidents in a matter of weeks.’
    • ‘He was on his feet and out the door in a matter of seconds.’
    • ‘Then, if an unexpected caller knocks at the door, the resident is able to summon help in a matter of minutes.’
    • ‘It was getting towards sun down, and she reached her apartment in a matter of 25 minutes.’
    • ‘It only needs to take you a matter of minutes every month, but it will help us to literally change the world.’
    • ‘The water is very cold and hypothermia can occur in a matter of minutes if exposed to the water.’
    • ‘Some cab customers may think it's just a matter of luck that a driver is at their door in a matter of minutes.’
    • ‘Whatever they decide their whole future will be decided in a matter of a couple of minutes.’
    • ‘In a matter of seconds the door was off its hinges.’
  • 2A thing that involves or depends on.

    ‘it's a matter of working out how to get something done’
    • ‘It's a matter of all the players involved in the club progressing on from last year.’
    • ‘This is more than just a liberal cause, it is a matter of basic principle - and it involves us all.’
    • ‘Tea terminology is a matter of concern to tea drinkers and also to cooks who are using tea as a flavouring.’
    • ‘Whether his political standpoint is your cup of tea is a matter of choice.’
    • ‘The extent to which that strategy needed to be dependent on the computer is a matter of dispute.’