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curate's egg

Something that is partly good and partly bad. Taken from a British cartoon about a curate, or priest, who was given a bad egg but focused on the egg's good characteristics as he did not want to offend the person who gave it to him. Primarily heard in UK. Our vacation was a bit of a curate's egg; the first few days were sunny, but the rest of the week was ruined by the heavy rain and flooding.
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a curate's egg

If you describe something as a curate's egg, you think that parts of it are good and parts of it are bad. His collection of duets with famous friends is something of a curate's egg. It's a real curate's egg of a production; intermittently brilliant in the first half, but a dreadful disappointment in the second. Note: A curate is a clergyman in the Church of England who helps the vicar or rector of a parish. A well-known Victorian cartoon published in the British magazine `Punch' shows a curate having breakfast with a senior clergyman. The curate has been given a bad egg but he is anxious not to offend anyone, so he says that it is `good in parts'.
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a curate's egg

something that is partly good and partly bad.
This expression stems from a Punch cartoon produced in 1895 , showing a meek curate breakfasting with his bishop. bishop: I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones . curate: Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!
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the/a ˌcurate’s ˈegg

(British English) something that has some good things and some bad things about it: ‘Is it an interesting book?’ ‘It’s a bit of a curate’s egg, good in parts. The dialogue’s often quite amusing.’This idiom comes from a story in the magazine Punch. A polite curate (= an assistant to a priest) is given a bad egg while eating in the house of a very senior priest. When asked if he likes the egg, he replies that ‘parts of it are excellent’.
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Nicki Chatterton (new |priest) - curate at Holy Trinity church in the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Sue Fairhurst (new |priest) - curate of St James, Old Milverton and St Mary Magdalene, Lillington in Warwick and Leamington Deanery.
Jonathan Hill (new |priest) - curate at Christ Church, Cheylesmore, Coventry Ali Hogger (new priest) |- curate at St Mary Magdalene with the church of the Risen Christ, Coventry
He and another former curate, Chris Edmondson, now Bishop of Bolton, will both be taking part in the dedication service.
For Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association to curate a collection on triathlons makes no sense--although it makes great sense for Danskin, which makes clothing for triathletes.
You could, for instance, curate any of the following:
I opted instead to curate the best of the tweets, blog posts and photos from the conference, creating a collection that covered all the key comments and additional messages of value (one participant tweeted links to resources the speakers referenced, for instance).
There's more to curate for employees than externally published news about your company, your industry, your marketplace and your competitors.
Internal communicators can curate the best of employee blogs, identifying the top four or five posts of the day on the intranet home page.
I'M aghast at the audacity of Joanna Jepson, the curate who believes doctors should not have performed a late abortion on a woman carrying a baby with a cleft palate (Daily Mirror, December 2).
THE NEW FACES THE 11 PRIESTS ARE: Sheila Bridge who will continue as curate in the parish of St Matthew and St Oswald, Rugby.
Ann Goldthorp, curate at All Saints, Harbury and Ladbroke.
Kevin Grumball, curate in the Heart of England parishes of Bidford, Binton, Exhall, Salford Priors, Temple Grafton and Wixford.
THE 11 DEACONS ARE: Kevin Barnard who will serve as curate at St Nicholas, Warwick.
Berkeley offered a lot of creative latitude, and I think they really deserve credit for giving me and Nayland Blake the opportunity to curate "In a Different Light," our exhibition exploring the resonance of gay and lesbian experience in twentieth-century American culture.