mixed blessing

mixed blessing
something that, although generally favorable or advantageous, has one or more unfavorable or disadvantageous features.
[1930-35]

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noun, pl ⋯ -ings [count]
: something that is good in some ways and bad in other ways

He says that computers are a mixed blessing because sometimes they help and sometimes they create problems.

Living next to your in-laws can be a mixed blessing.

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ˌmixed ˈblessing [mixed blessing] noun usually singular
something that has advantages and disadvantages

Wealth can be a mixed blessing.


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  • mixed blessing — noun count something that has both advantages and disadvantages …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mixed blessing — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms mixed blessing : singular mixed blessing plural mixed blessings something that has both advantages and disadvantages …   English dictionary

  • mixed blessing —    Something pleasant which also has disadvantages is called a mixed blessing.     He inherited as 18th century mansion but the maintenance costs make it a mixed blessing …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • mixed blessing — {n.} Something good that has bad features. * /John s new bicycle was a mixed blessing. The other boys were always asking John to ride it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mixed blessing — {n.} Something good that has bad features. * /John s new bicycle was a mixed blessing. The other boys were always asking John to ride it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mixed\ blessing — noun Something good that has bad features. John s new bicycle was a mixed blessing. the other boys were always asking John to ride it …   Словарь американских идиом

  • mixed blessing — something that, although generally favorable or advantageous, has one or more unfavorable or disadvantageous features. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • mixed blessing — noun Something that has both good and bad features …   Wiktionary

  • mixed blessing — positive occurrence in which there are also negative elements …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mixed blessing — noun a thing with advantages and disadvantages …   English new terms dictionary

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