- something that, although generally favorable or advantageous, has one or more unfavorable or disadvantageous features.
Origin of mixed blessing
First recorded in 1930–35
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- an event, situation, etc, having both advantages and disadvantages
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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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