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a necessary evil

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha necessary evila necessary evilMUSTsomething bad or unpleasant that you have to accept in order to achieve what you want 🔊 Mr Hurst regarded work as a necessary evil. necessary
Examples from the Corpus
a necessary evilI, for one, consider yard work to be a necessary evil.Mr Waldegrave's shambolic performance in the press conference was a necessary evil.We do not look at government as a necessary evil.It may be a necessary evil, but it is surely an evil.However, the authors, like most others then and now, saw those shortcomings as a necessary evil in maintaining control.They're a necessary evil, like the woman who sawed off all my lovely hair.Lawyers are a necessary evil that I try to use as little as possible due to their cost.Bureaucracy was also a necessary evil to cope with the ravages of war.They viewed such methods as a necessary evil, unavoidable yet somehow beneath their dignity.
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