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something that has advantages and disadvantages

Mixed Blessing

A mixed blessing is something that has a good side as well as a bad side. For example:

Winning the lottery sounds great, but I think that it is a
mixed blessing.
Becoming famous is a
mixed blessing, because, while you might make a lot of money, you can’t do many of the things that normal people do anymore.

mixed blessing refers to something that has advantages as well as disadvantages. This description applies to many, if not most, things in life. For a further example of a mixed blessing, watch the following video that explores the pros and cons of Greece’s austerity plan: