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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

BRITISH
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.
"It is lovely to have such a special object to enhance our worship," says rector, Richard Steel, "and it is great that it has been funded by money raised from those who knew Tom, including two former curates who have gone on to become Bishops."
The idea came from former curate (now retired Bishop) John Gladwin.
He and another former curate, Chris Edmondson, now Bishop of Bolton, will both be taking part in the dedication service.
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The diocese had originally only planned to accept nine new curates, but it has increased the figure to accept all 13 curates allocated to it by the national church Under the budget it has allocated pounds 240,000 for the Bishop's Growth Fund and pounds 360,000 will be for "new work" to be undertaken over the next three years.
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.
Enrique Juncosa curates this thirty-five painting show of work from the last thirty years, whose catalogue sports an essay by Khakhar's friend Salman Rushdie.
when the concept transcends the individuals, but whenever Schimmel curates he retains a sense of the artists, and respects them.
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.