from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Something with both good and bad qualities.
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- noun idiomatic A thing which has good and bad parts, but is overall spoilt by the bad.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From a cartoon published in the British humor magazine Punch in 1895 about a curate who, having been served a bad egg by his bishop, said that parts of it were excellent.]
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From an 1895 cartoon in Punch, in which a timid curate assures his host, the bishop, that "parts" of his bad egg are excellent.
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