mixed feelings

mixed feelings

Positive and negative emotions that are experienced simultaneously and which are often in conflict with one another. I've got mixed feelings about starting college this fall: on the one hand, I can't wait to start the next chapter in my education, but, on the other, I will be so sad leaving my friends and family behind.
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*mixed feelings (about someone or something)

uncertainty about someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I have mixed feelings about Bob. Sometimes I think he likes me; other times I don't. I have mixed feelings about my trip to England. I love the people, but the climate upsets me.
See also: feeling, mixed

mixed feelings

A partly positive and partly negative reaction to something, as in I have mixed feelings about this trip; I'd love to go but don't want to ride in that tiny car .
See also: feeling, mixed
References in classic literature ?
So the Sheriff was dismissed, with very mixed feelings, and went his way home to Nottingham town.
He loved Paul of Tarsus, liked St John, hated St James as much as he dared, and regarded with mixed feelings Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.
The young Englishman had heard the sound of Tarzan's body crashing through the tree to the ground and the commotion in the village which immediately followed, and now, as he stood with his back against the wall of the hut, he looked upon the fellow-prisoner that the blacks carried in and laid upon the floor with mixed feelings of surprise and compassion.
Presenting a written order to the policeman in charge of the gate, they were forthwith admitted within the sacred precincts The closely packed spectators, regarding them with mixed feelings of envy and curiosity, wondered who they might be.
With mixed feelings, she seated herself at a little distance from the numbers round the instrument, to listen.
You will conceive, Monsieur, with what mixed feelings I descend next morning.
Plornish, after a little conversation, in which he blended his former duty as a Collegian with his present privilege as a humble outside friend, qualified again by his low estate as a plasterer, took his leave; making the tour of the prison before he left, and looking on at a game of skittles with the mixed feelings of an old inhabitant who had his private reasons for believing that it might be his destiny to come back again.
The scholar seems to have mixed feelings about the matter.
I would have had mixed feelings about a 'oui' vote too.
I've got really mixed feelings today," he said upon his election, according to the diocesan Web site.
He said he had taken the decision to stand down after 22 years in the Commons with mixed feelings and had been proud to be MP for Newport East in South Wales.
Quite frankly I have mixed feelings about that, for the reason I doubt it will achieve what I set out to do.
Everybody was very nervous and excited, and there were a lot of mixed feelings.
He observes with mixed feelings the destruction of the monks' way of life; sad finality sets in when workmen dismantle the ancient buildings.
We have mixed feelings about the kind of coaches who will jump their contracts at the drop of an extra coconut.