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redeeming feature

A good quality or aspect that makes up for other drawbacks, as in The house isn't very attractive, but the garden is the redeeming feature. This idiom, first recorded in 1827, uses redeem in the sense of "compensate."
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Sanitized arrangements of Gershwin are perhaps the low point of this collection, but closing with Woody Herman on alto sax in Rose's version of Earle Hagen's atmospheric Harlem Nocturne, is a redeeming feature.
The sole redeeming feature was birdie three on the final green for a 76 - and a level par aggregate.
Boredom crept through the crowd and the band's only redeeming feature was a cover of Neil Young's After The Gold Rush that pricked up the ears and hushed the babbling onlookers.
I always thought that the redeeming feature of form was its inclusiveness.
We were treated to film of gas works, sewerage plants, slums and slag heaps accompanied by verse which gave the impression of a city devoid of any redeeming feature.
The sole redeeming feature of his case is his decision to enter a guilty plea, finally accepting some culpability for his actions, the consequences of which he'll now have plenty of time to contemplate.
The only redeeming feature of the London snow was that around half the stock market dealers failed to get to their dealing desks, which meant they were unable to do any more damage to the economy they have helped slaughter over the last year.
The one redeeming feature in this sorry affair is that the multimillionaire parents will be giving all of the cash to charity.
In a full hour it failed to find one redeeming feature in the odd, waddling woman who will go down in history as the most reviled spouse ever to occupy 10 Downing Street.
It is a scheme without a single redeeming feature for the good of the game - unless you think increasing the profitability of Celtic and Rangers at the expense of the rest is good progress.
Its only redeeming feature is that it takes just one match to win, roughly 32 fewer than the Europa League.
The one redeeming feature is that the project is overseen by John Bird, the no-nonsense, tough-talking co-founder of The Big Issue and a man who calls a spade a spade.
The small lake is the one redeeming feature giving pleasure to children visiting the town.
Indeed, the sexually charged dynamic between Karen and Joe is the film's one redeeming feature, building in tension as Karen lures Joe between the sheets where she plans to perform a DIY castration.
SPENT last week criss- crossing the country in a Vauxhall Vectra in the hope that I would find a redeeming feature that I missed first time round.