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mixed blessing

something that, although generally favorable or advantageous, has one or more unfavorable or disadvantageous features.
Origin of mixed blessing
First recorded in 1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If the furniture factory was a mixed blessing, what of the cannery?

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
  • That he and his brother had originally elected to come into this system along its orbital plane had been a mixed blessing.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I knew that association with you people would prove to be a mixed blessing.

    To Choke an Ocean

    Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
  • Vanessa began to arrive at the conclusion that a husband who added a roving disposition to a settled income was a mixed blessing.

British Dictionary definitions for mixed blessing

mixed blessing

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

a circumstance or thing that has both advantages and disadvantages's 21st Century Lexicon
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Idioms and Phrases with mixed blessing

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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