necessary evil

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An unfavorable thing that must be done or accepted, especially because the available alternative courses of action or inaction would be worse.
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Another punishing round of chemo is a necessary evil if Lisa is to have a fighting chance against the cancer.
My boss is a real piece of work, but my kids make keeping this job a necessary evil.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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