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.
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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 .
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- mixed emotions
- have mixed feelings
- have mixed feelings (about something)
- laugh out (of) the other side of (one's) mouth
- laugh out of the other side of mouth
- laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
- laugh out of the other side of face and laugh out of the other ...
- laugh out (of) the other side of (one's) face
- raise the temperature