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Partly good and partly bad - synonyms and related words



partly good and partly bad



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



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



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

mixed blessing


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


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

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