redeeming feature


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redeeming feature

A positive aspect or attribute of an otherwise bad or unpleasant person or thing. Often emphasized by "one" or "only." My boss's only redeeming feature is that he's pretty relaxed about us taking the odd day off before or after the weekend. The one redeeming feature of my long commute to work is that I get the chance to read plenty of books.
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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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a redeeming ˈfeature

something good or positive about somebody/something that is otherwise bad: Her one redeeming feature is her generosity.The only redeeming feature of the hotel was the swimming pool. Apart from that, it was the worst hotel I’ve ever stayed in.
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Its only redeeming feature was its ability to be a social networking phone.
A redeeming feature of the novel is that Sloane tries to work the case so that the plot seems to be a sort of police procedural.
CONGRATULATIONS to the BBC for its nauseating new singing drama All The Small Things - a tawdry tale of middleclass musical intrigue with barely a single redeeming feature.
The lovely Anne Hathaway is the film's only redeeming feature but even she does not make it worth sitting through this tale of desk jockey Smart (Steve Carell) becoming a real agent and chasing nuclear-thieving bad guys.
and other titles with antiheroes whose main redeeming feature is that they're nowhere near as dastardly as their vile enemies.
A gorgeous day in the desert, boxes and boxes of ammo, an old and ugly 1911 hose primary redeeming feature is its unfailing reliability and a handful of Kimber's new Kim-Pro Tac Mags.
What was shown at Bozar--the quasi-hip new name of the Palais des Beaux-Arts or Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, whose only redeeming feature is that it is the same in French and Flemish--was a six-minute video, dated 2004-2005, accompanied by footage and photos of casting sessions as well as storyboards.
He added, "Its only socially redeeming feature is that its popularity may alert American educators to their failure to impart the most fundamental knowledge about health and nutrition to the students entrusted to their care.
Considering these undesirable factors, many authors have strived to find some redeeming feature in Table Mountain pine.
They are the only redeeming feature of this whole look.
We do have one redeeming feature to be proud of though, the wonderful AVFC.
The only redeeming feature about the new Hotmail is the Active View for photographs, which allows you to view photos in full screen mode without having to download them.
The only redeeming feature about the place was the hog roast, which Roy from Eltham informs me is still good value, especially the second roll.
The redeeming feature for Bridgend was a promising debut for full-back Dean Thomas from Tondu.
Despite having played the role extensively both here and in Australia, Warren Mitchell seems a little uncertain in the title role, though he is very good at the deadpan Jewish one-liners which are the play's chief redeeming feature.