from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Something with both good and bad qualities.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thing which has good and bad parts, but is overall spoilt by the bad.
From a story in Punch about a curate who, having been served a bad egg by his bishop, said that parts of it were excellent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From an 1895 cartoon in Punch, in which a timid curate assures his host, the bishop, that "parts" of his bad egg are excellent. (Wiktionary)