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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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.
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.
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.
THE only redeeming feature of the appalling story of Louise Sinclair is that she now regrets having sex with 150 squaddies in three years.
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 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 small lake is the one redeeming feature giving pleasure to children visiting the town.
"That was a disaster, with no redeeming feature. Yet he tried to find some.
In truth the UN has been an ineffective and expensive talking shop - its ability to marshal humanitarian aid in times of ecological disaster has been about its only redeeming feature. When it came to real political effectiveness it was stymied by the vicarious vetoes of the permanent members of the security council.
It meant the French won 12 of the 13 games against Welsh opposition with only SWANSEA'S draw against BEGLES the redeeming feature.
The redeeming feature of the book is that, ultimately, it has very little to do with the author's pet theories about bereavement.
His frank admission was possibly the only redeeming feature of this mess.
The feature debut of Leigh Francis's sexist alter ego, who hosts the Bafta award-winning comedy panel show Celebrity Juice, lacks a single redeeming feature. The wooden cast can barely conceal their embarrassment while the perfunctory, ramshackle plot wallows knee-deep in puerility.
FOR all his faults as a parent, Eli did have a redeeming feature. He did recognise that God was calling the child Samuel, in the Temple, and advised him to answer: "Speak, Lord, for your servant hears."