curate's egg

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Etymology[edit]

From an 1895 cartoon in Punch, in which a timid curate assures his host, the bishop, that "parts" of his bad egg are excellent.

Noun[edit]

curate's egg (plural curates' eggs)

  1. (idiomatic) A thing which has good and bad parts, but is overall spoilt by the bad.