a mixed blessing

This page is about the idiom a mixed blessing.

Meaning: You can say something is a mixed blessing if it seems to be good, but in fact has bad effects as well as good effects.

For example:

  • Many scientists said discovering the power of the atom was a mixed blessing as it led to nuclear power, but it also made nuclear weapons possible.

  • Getting the promotion was a mixed blessing because it means I spend less time with my family.

Quick Quiz:

Winning the lottery was a mixed blessing in the end because

a. it solved all our financial problems

b. it caused disputes in the family

c. we gave all the money away

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Contributor: Matt Errey