curate's eggcu·rate's egg
Brit. something that has both good and bad characteristics or parts
Origin of curate's eggbased on a joke in an 1895 issue of the English magazine Punch: when served a stale egg at his bishop's home, a timid curate says that parts of it are excellent
Something with both good and bad qualities.
Origin of curate's eggFrom a cartoon published in the British humor magazine Punch in 1895 about a curate who, having been served a bad egg by his bishop, said that parts of it were excellent.
(plural curates' eggs)
- (idiomatic) A thing which has good and bad parts, but is overall spoilt by the bad.
From an 1895 cartoon in Punch, in which a timid curate assures his host, the bishop, that "parts" of his bad egg are excellent.