a curate's egg


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a curate's egg

  (British)
something which has both good and bad parts
Usage notes: A curate is a priest. There is a joke about a curate who was given a bad egg and said that parts of the egg were good because he did not want to offend the person who gave it to him.
Queen's College is something of a curate's egg, with elegant Victorian buildings alongside some of the ugliest modern architecture.
See also: egg
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So this volume is something of a curate's egg, as most such books are: good in parts, not so in others.