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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