pirate of a man

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Here Pirate of a man means he was like a pirate( as One who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without commission from a sovereign nation.)? I guess it's because of his weather-beaten face.

Harold surely couldn't have grown taller or broader, but looking at this weather-beaten pirate of a man, with his skin like dark leather and his curling hair, she felt she had become both one-dimensional and more fragile.
It's part of "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"by Rachel Joyce, British writer.

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