Back in the days of the Roman Empire, being the top dog was just as risky a business and assassination was an occupational hazard.
The phrase "as risky a business": 1. What does it mean? (or maybe the general meaning of this structure?)
What is this structure? Is it a compare structure like [as + adj + as]? If yes, why don't they write "as risky as a business" but "as risky a business"? If no, could you please explain it further?
I have looked up in the dictionary and it said "risky business" = dangerous. If so, is it possible to paraphrase this to: ....being a top dog was a risky business? And as they write "risky a business" with "a" in between the phrase, won't it make the meaning of this phrase different? Thank you.