A bit of a tip

Lilithniahm

Senior Member
italiano
Hello!
A girl has been spirited away by a male fairy. Now he's brought her to his house, which is but an old shed, dusty and full of cobwebs. At the moment, they are in the stable adjoined to the house, discussing about the man's beautiful white mare. The girl sees that the horse is not shod and asks why. The fairy answers:

"I don't ride on the road. And those farriers that you see around, well, they're like thieves. Come on, let's go inside (in his house)".

And the girl, who's also telling the story, goes on narrating:

Well, it was a bit of a tip.

Then she starts describing the decadence of the fairy dwelling.

My question is: what does the underlined sentence mean?

Thank you

Ps: The book is Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by G. Joyce.
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    A tip here is (literally, anyway) a large municipal facility where everyone can dump their rubbish. So she's saying the house is a bit of a 'dump', a mess.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    From the WR dictionary
    tip /tɪp/n
    • the act of tipping or the state of being tipped
    • BRIT a dump for refuse, etc
    It's an informal expression meaning a very untidy place.
     
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