mixed blessing

something that, although generally favorable or advantageous, has one or more unfavorable or disadvantageous features.


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mixed blessing
an event, situation, etc, having both advantages and disadvantages

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Main Entry:  mixed blessing
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a circumstance or thing that has both advantages and disadvantages
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mixed blessing

Something that has both good and bad features, as in Being accepted by the college was a mixed blessing, since she couldn't afford the tuition. [First half of 1900s]

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Example sentences
The quality of these electronic posts is certainly a mixed blessing.
When a poem becomes canonical, it's almost always a mixed blessing.
In terms of academics, football culture appears to be a mixed blessing for
The last book in a good sci-fi series is, for me, a mixed blessing.
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