A thing that is partly good and partly bad: this book is a bit of a curate’s egg
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- Volumes of collected journalism do rather tend to be curate's eggs.
- Jones has been trying to run a curate's egg in an industry that has become increasingly specialised.
- But without the accompanying TV show, all crashing waves, white sand and gnarly crofters, the book reveals itself as something of a curate's egg.
early 20th century: from a cartoon in Punch (1895) depicting a meek curate who, given a stale egg at the bishop's table, assures his host that ‘parts of it are excellent’.
Definition of curate's egg in:
- The US English dictionary