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Synonyms

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

mainly American 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

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(all) well and good

used for saying that you are satisfied with a situation, or with some aspects of a situation but not with others

be better than nothing

used for saying that something is not exactly what you wanted or needed but is more useful than having nothing at all

curate’s egg

noun

British something that has good parts and bad parts

double-edged sword

noun

a situation or decision that has both positive and negative aspects

excusable

adjective

if something bad is excusable, you can understand why someone did it and forgive them

forgivable

adjective

a forgivable action or fault is not very serious, and you can understand it and forgive it

have its/your moments

to have some good periods or parts

it’s an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)

used for saying that even when something bad happens, someone will get an advantage from it

pardonable

adjective

something that is pardonable can be forgiven

swings and roundabouts

used for describing a situation that has advantages and disadvantages

venial

adjective

formal not very serious, and therefore easy to forgive

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