A blessing and a curse

Definition

The phrase ‘A blessing and a curse’ is used to describe a situation in which something can be both beneficial and detrimental.

Examples

Having an unlimited budget for a project can be both a blessing and a curse.

Living in a big city can be a blessing and a curse – the culture is great but the cost of living is high.

Origin

The earliest recorded use of the phrase ‘A blessing and a curse’ dates back to the mid-1800s.

FAQs

Q1

What does ‘A blessing and a curse’ mean?

A1

The phrase ‘A blessing and a curse’ is used to describe a situation in which something can be both beneficial and detrimental.

Q2

When was the phrase ‘A blessing and a curse’ first used?

A2

The earliest recorded use of the phrase ‘A blessing and a curse’ dates back to the mid-1800s.