a curates egg = a curate's egg
a curate's egg = a curates egg
something that is partly good and partly bad
This expression stems from a Punch cartoon produced in 1895, showing a meek curate breakfasting with his bishop.
BISHOP : I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr. Jones.
CURATE : Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!
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