Curate' s Egg

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Curate' s Egg : Phrases


Anything that is a less than perfect but which has its good points.



This phrase comes from a famous Punch cartoon of the 19th century in which a young curate is seen having breakfast with his Bishop. The curate's egg is clearly not fresh and, when asked by the Bishop how is your egg?, is forced to politely reply excellent, in parts.

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