curate's egg

noun

Definition of curate's egg 

chiefly British

: something with both good and bad parts or qualities

First Known Use of curate's egg

1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curate's egg

from the story of a curate who was given a stale egg by his bishop and declared that parts of it were excellent

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