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Partly good and partly bad

mixed

adjective

partly good and partly bad

patchy

adjective

if someone’s performance or work is patchy, it is good sometimes but not always

two-edged

adjective

capable of being understood in two different ways or of having both good and bad effects

spotty

adjective

only good, successful, or effective on some occasions or in some situations

mixed blessing

noun

something that has both advantages and disadvantages

six of one, (and) half a dozen of the other

used for saying that two things are equally good or bad

a double-edged/two-edged sword

a situation with as many bad qualities or effects as good ones

work both ways

if something such as a particular situation or type of behaviour works both ways, it has equal advantages and disadvantages for everyone it involves

the rights and wrongs of something

the good and bad aspects of something

cut both ways

if something cuts both ways, it has both good and bad aspects

mom jeans

a style of loose-fitting jeans with a high waist, often considered unfashionable

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endies

Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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