Could some explain the meaning of "equal measures"? I thought that "equal" here plays the role of adjective and "measures" plays a plural noun role (in the meaning of "amount")

Fif's dragged out lar in "popular" was equal measures cocky, leaned-back, and ominously aggressive, punctuated by a simple fact: He'll hit you; he's been through worse.

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Yup, you've got it. Equal amounts. "measure" is a somewhat rare/outdated noun short for "an amount measured out".

We also have the adverbial phrase "in equal measure" (not plural):

He was cocky, leaned-back, and aggressive in equal measure.

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